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Video: Brad Marchand makes difference for Bruins

Jun 8, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

It’s easy to get distracted by all Brad Marchand‘s histrionics and forget the fact that he’s developed into a go-to guy for the Boston Bruins.

The budding star/pest already has two 20+ goal seasons to his name and nearly did as much in this abbreviated season (18 goals in 45 games in 2013).

He came up big in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, scoring two goals and assisting on the Bruins’ last two game-winners in four successful contests against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Keith Jones gives Marchand’s play – and his agitating ways – a glowing review in the video below:

  1. longcutskolvikes - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    My absolute least favorite player in the league. What a d-bag.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Yah I know. I can’t believe he two handed slashed someone then complained when he got caught… oh yah that was Sid “No Wonder They Call Him a Kid” Crosby.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      If I was a fan of another team, I’d probably hate him just as much. But if he’s on your team, you love him. (Barring he continues avoid the diving crap, because I did have a brief moment last year where I couldn’t stand him.) That’s the way it is with pests, if the other team/fans don’t hate him he’s doing something wrong. But Marchand is a pest to go along with being a great hockey player as well.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        He’s a more skilled version of Matt Cooke….period.

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Yeah to a degree, but I feel you’re just saying that to draw a “bad guy” comparison on the Bruins. But they have actually have different skill sets and roles on their teams. Marchand has had his dirty moments, but there is a difference between trying to get under players’ skin and trying to hurt them.

        Marchand is a much better and more valuable player, who intentionally plays the way he does for the benefit of his team. Cooke is a player who hurts his team through going after players and trying to hurt them. Cooke’s laundry list of dirty plays puts him on another level of player than just a pest. Which is probably why I wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins let him go.

  2. thetruth1313 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Waaahhh!!

    Solid player and any team would live to have a player like Marchand

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    He’s the guy you hate until he plays for your team.

  4. nunan - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Not sure their lines will facing each other but Shaw vs Marchand may be fun.

  5. titansbro - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Marchand, love him or hate him it doesn’t matter. There is no denying that he is a very good player. And he can get his opponent off his game as well.

  6. scoregasmic - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    People hate him which means he’s doing exactly what he wants to do. I get annoyed with him but that’s because I’m not a Boston fan. It’s his job to make everyone else mad and he’s doing a great job

  7. cavafox - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    He plays hard and is certainly a pest but he is a little too close to crossing the line on dirty hits and eventually is going to windup on the wrong side of a long suspension if he keeps it up.

    • thesableo - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      He already got suspended 5 games for a hit on Salo. I thought it was excessive, but it did teach him to stop going low on people. (Which is really the only kind of dangerous hit he’s capable of.)

  8. dboldave - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I’m a Boston fan but he drives me crazy at times because he can take dumb penalties like the one on Malkin in game 1 of the Pitt series. Glad to see he turned his game around after the Leafs series too because he was just awful.

  9. thebigtim2012 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Best pest in hockey.

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