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Getting back to the Stanley Cup finals an ‘unbelievable’ feeling for Marchand, Bruins

Jun 9, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

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Love him or hate him, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has shown an ability to raise his game and take others off theirs late in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Take 2011, for example.

Against the Vancouver Canucks, Marchand scored twice and had three points in Game 7, which the Bruins won, giving them the Stanley Cup.

He was also partly responsible for completely disrupting the Sedins – Daniel and Henrik – as that series progressed in favor of the Bruins.

The Bruins are back to the final for the second time in three years, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners.

One Stanley Cup isn’t enough for Marchand.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I don’t think it’s ever one that you can really describe. I think it just gets better and better every time,” Marchand told CSNNE.com.

“It was unbelievable to win that first one [Stanley Cup], but being back in the Finals and having the opportunity to go after another one, it feels the exact same. We’re very excited.”

  1. borgsng - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Go Blackhawks

    • 19to77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Don’t you mean “Go Pens”?

      Oh, wait.

  2. letsgopens8771 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Hawks in 6. I’d rather it go 7 because I don’t want hockey to end. I never do.

    LETS GO HAWKS!!!

    • bakedbees - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      You reek of bitter

  3. thetruth1313 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Bruins in 5

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Bruins in 6

    • DonkeyStick - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Didn’t you say Pens in 7 in second ot?

  5. richlovers - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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      • poonerman - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        you called?

    • bigdaddy44 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      There are plenty of young Bruins fans that are just waiting for a beautiful woman like you. There are two in particular that are just waiting to be dragged out of their Mom’s basement. The first one I claim ownership of, my son nunan123. If he doesn’t work out there is another basement dweller named stankx just waiting for you. Loyal Bruins fans, both dumb as a stump, but somehow think they are geniuses.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Bruins struggled against Leafs. Nuff said.

    • neelybourque778 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      And you see no difference in the team since that series? Man that feels like it was 6 months ago.

  7. spitfisher - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Hawks struggled against redwings……both are irrelevent

    bruins in 6

  8. neelybourque778 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Bruins in 4 or 5. They’re in the zone and clicking in every area of the game.

  9. 19to77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Bruins in 6. ‘Hawks are much more competent defensively than the Penguins and guys like Sharp and Bickell will be more effective against the Bruins’ style of defense than the Pens’ finesse guys were. That said, the Bruins have the edge in scoring, defense and goaltending.

  10. pastabelly - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Bruins struggled against Leafs and lost all regular season games to Pittsburgh. They also struggled against Montreal. So, based on all of that, Pittsburgh over Chicago in 6. Seriously, I’ll go with the hot goalie and Bs in 6. Tuukka is in a zone right now.

    • adambballn - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Crawford is playing pretty good too… Hawks in 6. Too much speed, too much defense.

  11. s2mikey - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Bruin fans are pretty confident. And, whoever said the bruins have the advantage in scoring and defense must not watch hockey very much. Chicago is clearly the better team here. If they both play well, Chicago wins without much issue. The bruins can only win if the hawks screw it up.

    • thesableo - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Chicago is clearly the better team like Pittsburgh was clearly the better team.

  12. LampyB - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Have you been living on Mars for the playoffs Mikey? Did you not just see the Bruins sweep the Penguins? Chicago is in no way ‘clearly the better team.’

    • nostredummass - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      The Bruins didn’t just sweep the Penguins in 4 games. They limited them to 2 goals. 2 friggin GOALS!!!
      Talking heads can blame it all on a Penguins collapse. I saw a Bruins team that threw a blanket over the “best team in hockey”. Offense gets all the headlines, it seems. But that Bruins team, in that series, was the best example of defensive shutdown hockey in recent memory. If the B’s can keep it up they’re on their way to the Cup!

  13. nostredummass - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Having said that…keep believing in the Hawks superiority. That overconfidence did wonders for the Penguins. All we need is for that magic to work 1 more time. GO BRUINS!!!

  14. thesableo - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Both fan bases are pretty confident right now, but I can guarantee that neither team is taking the other lightly. They’re both great teams, playing well. This is going to be a Final to remember.

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