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Bruins’ Marchand searches for answers after failing to score in playoffs

May 14, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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Brad Marchand was involved Wednesday night, but not for the right reasons.

The Boston Bruins, the top National Hockey League team in the regular season, are out of the playoffs in the second round after a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on home ice in Game 7.

The pesky Bruins forward took a pair of trips to the penalty box for trying to somehow take Carey Price off his game in a crucial contest against the Canadiens. You can certainly argue the validity of both calls, but the second one, unsportsmanlike conduct for showering Price with snow after the whistle, was simply putting himself in a position for the referees to make a call.

And let’s face it, Marchand doesn’t have the greatest reputation around the league.

But he’s shown in the past that during the playoffs, he can balance throwing opposing players off their game while also contributing on the score sheet, as well. Remember 2011, when he had 11 goals in 25 games and managed to get under the skin of Daniel and Henrik Sedin of Vancouver?

He didn’t do that these entire playoffs, at least not in the goal column. Twelve playoff games in 2014 and only five assists to show.

“It’s tough. Every game the chances were there. Maybe it was a lack of focus, or I didn’t bear down,” said Marchand, as per Joe Haggerty of

No matter how much the Bruins may have tried to throw Price for a loop, the Canadiens’ puck stopper never faltered. He was fantastic in the deciding game, stopping 29 shots out of 30 he faced.

“You always give credit to the team that moved ahead and I’ll tell you one thing: Carey Price was outstanding,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per Conor McKenna of TSN 690.

  1. Moop - May 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I’m not happy with Marchand’s inconsistency. When he’s off his game, he’s horrible to watch. If the Bruins could move him for someone worthwhile then I would be fine with it.

    • Tyler - May 15, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Wouldn’t it be some kind of ridiculousness if Marchand and Neal somehow ended up on the same team. They’re both inconsistent, and when they’re off their game.. it’s tough to watch.

    • titansbro - May 15, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      I’ve been sick of his antics for a while, but put up with him because of his production. If he’s not producing, then I’m all for trading him if they can get good value.

  2. canucks30 - May 14, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    20 Consecutive playoff games without a goal.

    Karma seems to have caught up to the nose faced wigger.

    • stakex - May 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      20 consecutive playoff games without a goal is still better than 44 consecutive seasons without a Stanley Cup……

      • canucks30 - May 15, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        It’s 43 seasons.

        There was no season played in 2004-05.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 15, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        45 – Canucks aren’t winning in the next two years either…

  3. smarshall3789 - May 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I love it I love it! He deserves nothing he’s a freaking clown and I’m so glad he didn’t score and costed his team by being in the box! I love it cause this guy is a joke I’m surprised no one has beat his ass bad cause he needs it!!

  4. c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    maybe one of the bruins problems is expecting a scrub like marchand to carry a part of the scoring load for them.

    maybe another one of their problems is signing a 36 year old to play top 6. good regular season, Iggy. Dont seem to show up much in the playoffs these days do you?

    Lucic is pretty good though. He did a lot. Maybe you should put him in your top 6.

    • valoisvipers - May 15, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Iggy hit 5-6 posts/crossbars in this series, could just as easily been game winners.

      • theageofquarrel - May 15, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        Coulda,woulda and shoulda.

      • c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM


      • avscup - May 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        I hope he works on his shot over the summer. 5-6 posts=Saves by goalie, eh?

  5. muckleflugga - May 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM


    hard to see where the prevailing winds will blow iginla in his search to find a cup … hot and cold he tends to be … great guy away from the ice, but i can’t stand the sort of stuff you saw at the end of game six, a tired habit from his days in calgary

    i have a difficult time believing he was sincere with the claim a team going out in the second round was better than the team he rode to a near cup win in 2004, talk about being obvious

    he and marchand are caught in a time when old style hockey muggings in the playoffs worked in the past … not so much anymore … they’ve become anachronism

    nothing makes me happier than skilled, disciplined, essentially clean hockey teams prevailing over gooning stiffs like julien’s bruins

    i’d love to see bruins try to play it straight-up, all season long … they might surprise the hell out of themselves

    • titansbro - May 15, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      while i actually do understand what you’re saying here, this montreal team has more than it’s fair share of goonery & antics. skilled? absolutely. but clean? not really.

  6. dubblelznhell - May 15, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Marchand was a one time fluke in 2011. Get over it

    • drewzducks - May 15, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      He’s averaged about 25-25 50 with a +28 per 82 during the regular season. Not great, but not a fluke as you would believe. Also 2 goals and an assist in Game 7 of the SCF will always be remembered. That doesn’t mean he isn’t an immature deuche though.

  7. crusty14 - May 15, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I final got 5 goals in 12 games, that’s not too bad . Why are you bashing him? That pace, in the reg season would be 30-35 goals

  8. muckleflugga - May 15, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    valoisvipers, where have you been your dudeness

    anyway, suggesting posts could have been missed outright resulting in goals is equally applicable the other way, with a shot gone wide or high rather than hitting the post being every bit as valid in the realm of speculation

    understanding chaos theory, no one could predict how missing the post outright, either way, would change succeeding events … no one can predict how either team would react going up or down a goal, or how a shot missed would behave or change flow of play in the moment

    the same fallacy was at work in the infamous non-goal versus tampa in 2004 that some calgary fans moan over to this day … the fact no one on the ice, including martin gelinas, read his shot as a goal as the play evolved is telling enough

    as i recall the broadcast crew was appraised of the near miss by someone in the truck who had played it back in slo-mo between the second and third period

    the news found its way into the calgary camp, and the myth began, despite the fact the same network commissioned computer graphics experts after the game to analyze the play using basic orthographic projection … the computer work proved the puck was never over the line, not even close

    again, had the puck gone in and counted, there is no way to predict how tampa or calgary would have proceeded forward

  9. chitown26 - May 15, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Marchand is an unsportsmanlike irresponsible clown on the ice.

    I’m glad that ugly piece of crap did nothing, hopefully he’ll end up where he belongs – in the AHL. I’m sick of looking at his ridiculously stupid looking face with that absolutely retarded face he makes.

    He’s the worst part of Ott, with the skills of a D3 college hockey 3rd liner.

  10. graymalkin26 - May 15, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    He’s rotten, just like the rat hole city he plays in. Rats nest of bigots and fools. Boston strong haha what a joke.

    • titansbro - May 15, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Dude, I’ve been to Pittsburgh. It looks like the place that time forgot.

      • theageofquarrel - May 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        He isn’t a Pens fans he’s a Habs been

    • stepanup - May 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Don’t get me wrong, I hate Marchand, but let’s not get personal with the cities here. There’s a line between sports and life. Yes, Boston has their idiots just like every city. I’m a NY fan now living north of Boston. Boston Strong means a lot more up here than sports.

  11. crusty14 - May 15, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Damn spellcheck thing! I meant iginla, not I final !

    Is take him back of they can handle cap space

  12. crusty14 - May 15, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Graymalkin , I’m not from Boston , I’m a canadian And you are an effing idiot

  13. dropthepuckeh - May 15, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Marchand was out with Seguin over the weekend – leave it to Seguin to screw the Bruins even when he’s off the team.

    • titansbro - May 15, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Lol. Shoulda known. Shirts off dancing on the bar too probably.

      Trade Marchand to Dallas so he & Seguin can hit the strip clubs together.

  14. djshnooks - May 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Another scumbag.

  15. montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Maybe he just sucks? Guy is so overrated and is a dirty player to boot. I dont see why anyone would want this bum on their team.

  16. papajack1259 - May 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Which team do you implode Pittsburgh or Boston?
    These days you assemble pieces as Montreal did with Weise etc Marchaund is a small piece easily replaced Will Krejci Krug Bartowski remain or will Sindy and malky be split what pieces do these two teams need?
    Because obviously they have failed
    Julian Chirelli will stay Bylsma & Shero will go I think the bruins are a piece away the Pens are a long way from the finals Lets see if Montreal is real when they face a opponent
    Who is playing above their potential in New York Wait for pay day and see how Montreal pays Subban he will sink any cap just like Sindey

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      WTF are you even saying?

    • theageofquarrel - May 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      English, muthaf***er English!!!!!!

  17. upyoursnfu - May 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I am sure the answers are right under your nose, Brad.

    • theageofquarrel - May 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      or in his rat hole

  18. joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    If your the B’s GM do you trade Marchand because of his constant antics and dumb penalties? Or, do you stick with him because he has some excellent hockey tools? If you choose the latter then Marchand will have to go through a makeover. Game 7 at home and down by a goal he gets called for snowing the goalie. C’mon! How stupid is that? Gallagher went down after being hit by Chara after a whistle, and you can see Marchand hovering his stick close to Gallagher’s face. WTF? He punched Plekanec while he was crouched over waiting for the faceoff. Why? Are these antics going to make your team win? Are these antics distracting him? Get this merde out of his game and he becomes a very very effective player. He can play on the PP and PK. He’s got decent scoring skills, and uses his strength very well to protect the puck in the o zone and creates scoring chances.

  19. govtminion - May 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Something seemed off about Marchand this postseason… it’s not the lack of goals so much as just how he behaved with the puck. Away from it he was the same as ever… obnoxious… but with it… his shots seemed to have no power or aim, and he couldn’t receive passes well at all either- repeatedly they’d hit his stick and hop over the blade. Not sure what the deal was with him- injury, lack of focus, whatever- but he didn’t look like the same player we’ve seen in the past.

  20. terrier92 - May 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The utter lack of discipline in a game 7 was astounding.

  21. dadooooo - May 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Marchand, like Lucic is a dirty player. The Canadiens were tougher. Plakanic never flinched after this – kept hustling… and winning.

  22. dhillca - May 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Marchand is another Tootoo. A couple ok years but won’t stand up in the long run. Just not good enough. He will end up on a team in southern US next year and in 2 years be out of the league.

  23. slysipops - May 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    i wish i could feel sorry for him………….but i can’t find a way to !!! ha ha !

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