WILMINGTON, Mass. – Maybe Bruins forwards Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton should’ve just stuck with the name “Energy Line” or accepted their status as the club’s fourth line.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — The best news for Brad Marchand today was that he was able to remember what happened to him last night.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — The size of the digits and the curves of the six and the three on Brad Marchand’s back look like they fit as awkwardly as four players in the penalty box.
BOSTON – There might not have been a coming-of-age walk through the desert that showed Brad Marchand the right way to play his role in the NHL, but there were plenty of skates to the penalty box for him to contemplate his future.
BOSTON — The Bruins killed off the power play, just as they did the four others Toronto received tonight, but that didn’t mean the “throwing the stick” penalty against Brad Marchand in the first period was any less baffling.
BOSTON — Maybe now that Vladimir Sobotka skates for the St. Louis Blues, Bruins forward Brad Marchand can engage New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery is some vintage trash talk.
WILMINGTON, Mass. – Knowing that Bruins forward Brad Marchand can be equally as sour-milk repulsive to referees as he is to opponents, it was fair to deduce that the kneeing penalty called against the rookie Saturday night was more about reputation than actual fact.
BOSTON – It was about time he got the chance to strut his stuff against some opponents he didn’t have to share a locker room with.
Brad Marchand was itching to get into some real action and took advantage of his preseason debut with the Bruins against Florida Thursday night in Rochester, N.Y.
You never want to say that a 22-year-old player is entering a make-or-break season, but Brad Marchand’s 2010-11 season could go a long way toward determining whether he has a long future with the organization.
Marchand is entering the final year of his entry-level contract, and will have to show this season that he can build of the experience he accumulated as an occasionally-used call-up to Boston and a Providence (AHL) veteran last season.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Instead of a brick-red, energy line jersey, winger Brad Marchand was one of four players wearing a grey jersey for Bruins practice today Ristuccia Arena.
Vladimir Sobotka, Daniel Paille and Michael Ryder joined the rookie in that color, and all of a sudden the speculation began. Marchand was surrounded by a two-row-deep scrum after practice in the dressing room and some were wondering what impact he would have if inserted for Friday’s Game 7.
Well, let’s get this out of the way right now before the Bruins even report to TD Garden for their morning skate in preparation for the final game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Philadelphia. If head coach Claude Julien decided to pull someone currently in his usual lineup and insert Marchand, it would go against everything the coach has preached for three seasons. And it could also be like dropping a grenade into a bonfire and not pulling your hand out. (more…)
PHILADELPHIA – The decision to insert either center Trent Whitfield or winger Brad Marchand into the Bruins’ lineup in place of the injured David Krejci for Friday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with Philadelphia should come down to just one number: 57.9
That’s the percentage of faceoffs Whitfield won in his 16 games in a Boston sweater this season. He prevailed 103 of 178 draws. With momentum in this series seemingly shifting on every faceoff, and mostly rolling in the Bruins’ favor, the Bruins are going to need to make sure they have as many men ready to claim an important faceoff as they can. (more…)
WILMINGTON, Mass. — After a quiet exhibition season debut in New York Tuesday, forward Brad Marchand jumped on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Blake Wheeler last night in Toronto and became a three-zone force.
Playing with his typically high amount of energy, Marchand was a force on the forecheck and he scored on one of his three shots on net. So far through less than a week of camp, Marchand has been one of a number of young Bruins who’ve impressed head coach Claude Julien. (more…)