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Marchand: ‘Definitely some hatred’ for Canucks

Feb 4, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

Brad Marchand may be remorseful for his taunting antics the last time the Bruins met the Canucks… but he still doesn’t like Vancouver very much.

“I think there’s definitely some hatred for that team,” Marchand said, per “And they have it for us. Anytime you’re playing a team on the ice you’ve got to have that feeling. You’ve got to hate the other team. That’s what makes you want to push so hard to win that game.”

The Canucks and Bruins will play tonight for the first time since Vancouver’s 6-2 win at Rogers Arena in December, a game marked by Marchand miming Boston’s Stanley Cup win over the Canucks — pretending to kiss his ring, and hoist the trophy:

The antics were not well received by Boston’s brass. Both head coach Claude Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli said they disapproved of the move(s), which resulted in a lengthy chat with Marchand about his behavior moving forward.

Apparently, the message was received.

The 25-year-old has been on a tear since the Canucks game, scoring 12 goals and 17 points along with a plus-14 rating in 21 games. His run of quality play and increased offensive output seems to have rubbed off on his teammates as well — Boston currently ranks fifth in the NHL in goals per game (3.0) and has scored 25 times in its last six contests.

“It’s been dealt with and [Marchand] has moved on,” Julien explained. “There’s no doubt he’s been a better player since.”

Vancouver, meanwhile, is going in the opposite direction. The Canucks have lost four straight and scored just seven goals over that stretch. They were shut out in Detroit on Monday and could only muster three third-period shots despite going into the final frame down 1-0.

That said, Marchand is expecting a tough battle tonight.

“I’m sure it’ll be a hard-fought game,” he said. “They’re a good team, they play hard and they’ve got a few more guys that are playing a little more physical now.”

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    marchand is just justifying the canucks by perpetuating this nonsense. no one cares about the canucks and out of any team, boston should care the least having beaten them when it counted the most.

    • hawkeedawg - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Maybe you should look at Stats

      Boston isn’t even on the list

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Yeah, nothing like a BleacherReport listicle to backup the credibility of an argument.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        what does that have to do with anything? doesnt mean anyone in the league right now is afraid of playing the canucks

  2. sjsharks66 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I really dislike the taunting and antics Marchand pulls. What I would give to have him suit up in black and teal though.

    • hockey412 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      With a lot of these guys I’ve always wondered how much of it is their personality and how much of it is their job on the team, openly discussed with management. When Marchand puts the a-hole of the day award aside, he’s a great hockey player. When Lucic puts the ‘thug-on-ice’ persona away, he’s a great hockey player. When you look at JVR in his Philly days vs. TML days, though he clearly plays the same game, he just as clearly excels when he isn’t depended on to carry a team’s “image”.

      • dropthepuckeh - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Agreed. It is a fine line and often these guys get caught up in the role versus playing hockey first and the other stuff occasionally.

        While the Marchand stuff that last game against the Canucks was obviously childish I can’t believe it was close to some of the best vitriol that is spewed between teams that hate one another. You’d expect his stuff from a little kid so I can’t imagine any of the Canucks took serious offense to it.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Makes sense. If you can get behind Torres, you can definitely get behind someone better and less dirty.

      I like the guy, too.

  3. mgp1219 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I guess Marchand should have pumped Luongo’s tires rather than taunting the Cannots with the miming of raising the Cup and kissing the ring.

  4. patthehockeyfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Marchand can play; but, boy! Is he a d!ck sometimes.

    Hockey412’s comment above might be correct. It’s openly discussed with management, and, I’ll add, it’s staged.

    Question for no one in particular: Don’t you think it’s about time to retire the phrase, “These teams don’t like each other”?

    It’s kind of been overused to death. I don’t know of any two teams who actually like each other. Yes, there is special animosity between certain teams; but, really, none of them likes each other.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      This phrase gets worn out defending dirty players or downright @-holes, but Marchand is one of the first people who come to my mind when someone says “love him when he’s on your team, hate him when he’s not.”

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I truly wish someone would pop this POS Marchand out cold!

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Succinct and to the point, pitpenguinsrulez.

      I’m not taking issue with your opinion; but, didn’t your James Neal try to do that with a knee in early December?

      Again, I don’t care one way or the other and, to repeat, I’m not taking issue with what you wrote. I don’t want that argument to start again.

      And, it seems as if I need to withdraw my earlier question about retiring the phrase, “These teams don’t like each other.”

      If any two teams hate each other, it’s the Bruins and the Pens.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      B’s fans feel the same way about Jello-brain Sid.

      • amityvillefun - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        …and I hope Marchand scores the game winning goal to knock Sh!tsburgh out of the playoffs.

        Again. In a sweep.

        Nothing says “owned” like getting swept in the ECF. Even as banged up as Boston was, at least they made a series out of the SCF.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        …and yet the Panda Bears still blew a 2-1 lead with under 2 minutes left in Game 6.

  6. alcoholiday11whatever5000 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    merchand doesnt like the canucks… good, NO team nor player likes you, you piece of trash cheapshotter. he’s annoying like avery, but too wimpy to fight

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