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Bruins beat Canes, bump Marchand to fourth line

Nov 18, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in Cam Ward‘s return to action on Monday, taking it 4-1.

This snaps a three-game road skid for the Bruins, which was about the only way they haven’t been climbing lately; they’ve now won five of their last six games.

Boston’s lesser known forwards played well tonight, with Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith pitching in a goal and an assist apiece. Smith, 23, is quietly making the Tyler Seguin trade look a little more even for Boston with a solid 13 points in 20 contests.

Speaking of Seguin, his former running mate continues to face ups and downs. Brad Marchand was demoted to the fourth line for Jordan Caron, with CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty arguing that it was more about Marchand’s struggles than Caron’s successes.

Ward wasn’t able to get the win for Carolina, but the Hurricanes are likely just glad to see the 29-year-old come back. He stopped 26 out of 29 shots.

One other promising sign for the ‘Canes: Tuomo Ruutu scored his first goal of 2013-14. If he can approach the form he showed in healthier days, Carolina might have a better chance of rising above its mediocre status (8-9-4).

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Marchand has been the king of giveaways. Its literally hard to watch. He gives up the puck 2..3, times a shift. He stands in one spot, not moving, and tries to make a fancy pass to the other players sticks. When we’re on a break, I can’t count how many times Eriksson, or Bergeron has nailed a perfect pass to him that he either wiffs on, or lets bounce over his stick. He’s obviously gripping the stick, but this has nothing to do with a lack of Seguin. This is like a lack of trying. I said it once, its hard to watch, and I’ll stress it again.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Does anyone remember when Kevin Paul Dupont from the Globe kept bringing up trade rumors for Marchand last summer, and there was literally a backlash from people saying they were ruining the team? Maybe its because they saw him peak, and watched him struggle during the playoffs and thought they could sell high. Now we’re seeing what he looks like when he isn’t shooting the 62% he started the year off with last year when he got the bulk of his goals. Now his trade potential is all but gone. Maybe Ol’ Dupont isn’t as crazy as he sounds.

    • sabatimus - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Literally hard, huh? I don’t think I want to know.

  2. nunan - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Seguin has nothing to do with it..Marchand did fine without Seguin on his line in the past. Seguin didn’t get Marchand to the NHL. It’s simply a matter of him being in his own head, slumping, whatever. He’s proven himself in this league already. He’ll be fine. Maybe he was focused on all the talk about him getting a shot at the Olympic team. Just like Lucic from last year, Marchand this year will snap out of it…just hope it doesn’t last all season. I doubt it will…he’s too much of a firecracker.

  3. jkibler1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    They ought to put Marchand on the unemployment line! He is a piece of garbage. A cheap shot punk who should be flushed down the toilet like the chunk of feces that he is

    • rrsm53 - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      @jkibler1 your a tool, he is a pest who gets under peoples skin, cheap shots you obviously are watching some other hockey tool. You must be a stinking Canadian fan typical comments from haters.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The problem is that his stick is broken!

  5. bruinsfan55 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Once this Bergeron Eriksson Marchand line gets real good chemistry which is starting to happen Marchand will find hi game. He had been playing a lot better prior to last night. That goal on Friday in Ottawa was a good sign of him finding his rhythm and once the line starts meshing it will be one of the best in the NHL

  6. bruinsfan55 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Once this Bergeron Eriksson Marchand line gets real good chemistry which is starting to happen Marchand will find hi game. He had been playing a lot better prior to last night. That goal on Friday in Ottawa was a good sign of him finding his rhythm and once the line starts meshing it will be one of the best in the NHL

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