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 CSNNE.com. “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.”
Mar 9, 2014, 11:27 PM EDT
St. Louis has had Minnesota’s (and the league’s) number lately.
Mar 9, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT
Los Angeles took its seventh win in a row despite the incident.
Mar 9, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT
Keeping pace with other West powers.
Mar 9, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT
Don’t worry, they won’t join the Washington Generals.
Mar 9, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT
Impressively, he returned to action in the second period.
Mar 9, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT
Mar 9, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT
Patrick Kane comes home.
Mar 9, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT
Brian Elliott gets a rare start for St. Louis.
Mar 9, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
It might be due to an Ed Jovanovski hit.
Mar 9, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT
It doesn’t sound great for their would-be starter.
Mar 9, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT
Calgary releases a statement on the matter.
Mar 9, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT
Mar 9, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT
The appetite to make a change seems to be growing.
Mar 9, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT
Detroit has lost its Wild Card spot.
Mar 9, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT
The once promising rookie was put on waivers by Ottawa.
Mar 9, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT
He’s scored in every New Jersey game since the Olympics.
Mar 9, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT
That’s on top of all the talent they traded away.
Mar 9, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
Can Johan Franzen maintain his incredible post-Olympics pace?
Mar 9, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT
The 21-year-old is making the transition from the KHL.
Mar 9, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT
It helped lead St. Louis to its fourth straight win.
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