Brad Marchand was a very dependable player during the regular season. He played an intricate part in the second-line’s production alongside Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith, but through his team’s first six games in the post season, he was a non-factor. Notably, missing two open nets versus the Detroit Red Wings in a game where the Bruins eventually were victorious
Saturday afternoon at TD Garden, Marchand found his game yet again. Although he did not score, he notched two assists and seemed to be skating with more confidence. While the Bruins trailed 3-1, Marchand made a nifty move while “pulling up” eluding his defender finding a streaking Dougie Hamilton for the goal to cut the decifit to 3-2.
“Yeah, we want him to,” Hamilton said of Marchand’s pull up move. “I think, I definitely know that it’s a tough pass for him on his backhand and obviously he made a nice play, but I think it’s just a good play by him and nice to get going.”
It was Marchand’s third and fourth assist of the post season. He is yet to score a goal, but the work he is doing to keep P.K. Subban occupied does not go unnoticed.
Marchand admitted he made a mistake when Mike Weaver scored in the second period, but was satisfied in winning game which all that mattered.
“I mean I saw the D (defensemen) were back a bit and I thought if I could get by Gallagher, then me and Iggy (Jarome Iginla) would have a two-on-two, but it was the end of my shift and I definitely should have dumped it,” Marchand said.
Like many players Marchand told reporters after the game one must forget about it and move on by making a play on the next shift.
“Yeah, I mean you can’t dwell on it,” Marchand said. “Things happen in a game and you make mistakes and you’ve got to get over it. It’s definitely frustrating for them to capitalize on that, but you know we ended up winning the game so that’s all that matters.”
While Bergeron played hero tying the game at three in the third period, he praised Marchand for his great move to get him the puck for the opportunity to put one past Carey Price.
“Well, he’s really shifty and he’s got that speed that they think he’s going to try and beat him wide and then he’s got that move that he does so often, but it’s so effective,” Bergeron said. “It was, again, a great play by him.”
It seems as if things are starting to turn for Marchand in a good way. His two assists in Game 2 for the B’s were enormous. He really gave the team a boost in that aspect lifting them to an improbable 5-3 win.