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Bruins notes: Marchand benched in final period

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Bruins notes: Marchand benched in final period

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Brad Marchand has always played on the edge throughout his hockey career, and sometimes he takes a step or two over that line.

Marchand has potted 19 goals this season and impressed one and all in his rookie season with the Bruins, but that didnt stop Bruins coach Claude Julien from benching his hard-nosed rookie in the third period of Friday nights 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

One night after Marchand took a tripping penalty in the third period of a loss to the Sabres that led to a game-tying goal on a 5-on-3 advantage, Marchand took an interference penalty when he threw a hip check on Josh Bailey at the end of the second period.

The hit came after Johnny Boychuk had fired a clear attempt around the offensive zone, and Marchand mistimed when the puck was speeding through Baileys area of the ice. Marchand was whistled off for the infraction and Matt Moulson scored the Isles first goal of the night to make it a 2-1 game with only two seconds remaining in the second period.

With key penalties taken in two straight games over two straight nights, Julien didnt call Marchands number once in the third period and the spark plug winger finished with only 9:52 of ice time his lowest total ice since a Jan. 3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Julien confirmed after the game that Marchand was fine physically, and the third period splinter-fest was all about the coachs decision.

It was a coachs decision on that. Last nights penalty put us down 5-on-3 and tonighthe knows better than that. We dont want those kinds of habits to develop in his game because hes been really good for us this year.

But hes playing really frustrated right now and hes been taking some penalties. I just didnt really feel like he was going to help us in the third with the way he was playing.

Claude Julien said the Bruins have put together three different power play units to start sparking some competition and results from the different combinations, and the Bs finally broke an 0-for-21 slump with a Zdeno Chara blast in the second period.

The PP still isnt anywhere close to the dangerous special teams unit it could be, but Julien thinks hes starting to see some slight improvement.

We kind of put three power plays together line-wise the other day, and when we were practicing it the other day we scored four goals, said Julien. They seemed to be moving it around pretty well, and sometimes you need a little more grit than skill. Sometimes you like to see some pretty competition on those teams. Kelly will work hard and Rex will get to the front of the net, so you hope that Ryder can get the shot off. Were just looking for the right combination thats going to work.

A CNN news crew was escorted out of the Bruins dressing room during the postgame scrums when they attempted to question Zdeno Chara about the potential for Air Canada to pull their advertising dollars out of the NHL. Chara was roundly booed each time he touched the puck at the Nassau Coliseum after the ugly incident with Max Pacioretty at the Bell Centre last week. "Every time I got booed, I got cheered by Boston fans. So I'm kind of used to it," Chara said. "It doesn't bother me. It's part of the game. Fans have the right to express opinions toward different players. It's part of the game, part of hockey. Fans have the right to cheer for the home team and against the visiting."

Andrew Ference is expected to practice with the Bruins on Sunday for the first time in weeks, and could potentially return to the lineup Tuesday night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

Steve Kampfer rode the exercise bike for roughly 15 minutes on Friday with no symptoms from his recent concussion, and appears to have a step forward in his recovery from the head injury.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

POLL: Where does Patrice Bergeron rank among all-time Bruins?

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POLL: Where does Patrice Bergeron rank among all-time Bruins?

After netting his 2nd hat trick in the last couple of weeks, it had us thinking...where does Patrice Bergeron rank as far as all-time Bruins go?

Bergeron, who is on pace for a career high goals this season, is in his 14th season with Boston after debuting as an 18 year-old during the 2003-04 season. 

Bergeron's current rank in the team's history:

  • Tied for 6th in seasons 
  • 5th in games played
  • 7th in goals (11 behind Ken Hodge for 6th)
  • 7th in assists
  • 7th in total points
  • 6th in power-play goals
  • 4th in game-winning goals


Vote in the poll below to let us know where you think he ranks?

Bergeron notches second hat trick in six games

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Bergeron notches second hat trick in six games

GOLD STAR: Who else but Patrice Bergeron? The Bruins center finishes with three goals and his second hat trick in a span of six games, and now has 11 goals scored in his last 11 games during a wicked goal-scoring spree. Bergeron clearly wasn’t just about the goals as he also finished with four shots on net and won 12-of-18 face-offs in his 15:39 of ice time, but it’s amazing how he’s been able to get into so many great scoring positions while always facing the other team’s best defensive players. It speaks to just how good he is when he gets those chances in the slot, and how good both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are at getting the puck to him in the spots where he can do his offensive damage. Bergeron now has 19 goals on the season and continues to roll out some serious offensive numbers for a Bruins team that’s just destroying their opponents. Bergeron is the first Bruins player to score two hat tricks in the span of six games since Rick Tocchet did it in five games back in 1996 for the Black and Gold.

BLACK EYE: The Barclays Center shouldn’t be housing NHL hockey games, and thankfully won’t be in the near future when the Isles move out of Brooklyn. That being said, it had to demoralize whatever fans have made the move to Brooklyn to see so many Bruins hats get tossed on the ice from Boston fans after Bergeron scored his third goal of the game. The Islanders games have always felt like de facto home games for the Black and Gold given the huge contingent of B’s fans that make the trip to New York for these games. But it’s all the more of a gut punch when it turns into those road warrior Bruins fans loudly and animatedly celebrating goals, wins and hat tricks in front of the Islanders players and coaches. That’s a tough spot for them to be in during what’s supposed to be a strong home ice presence, but that’s life at a Barclays Center that makes me pine for Nassau Coliseum. 

TURNING POINT: The Bruins gave up the first goal of the game on a bad Brandon Carlo turnover in the D-zone, and it could have gone against them in the second night of a back-to-back on the road. But the Bruins dug in, reversed the momentum and instead found the Bergeron line to lead the way with their first goal scored in the game. After that they just continued to pour on the hard work, the offense and the Bergeron goals as he scored three overall and the Bruins rode the momentum wave into five goals and a strong finish in the third period. In two straight games the Bruins have given up the first goal, and it doesn’t even cause them to bat an eyelash. 

HONORABLE MENTION: On the second  night of a back-to-back game Zdeno Chara logged 25:32 of ice time, blocked four shots including a couple during a penalty kill that left him shaking his right hand in pain on the bench and threw three hits while holding the high-powered Islanders to just a couple of goals in the game. It wasn’t a particularly dazzling night of work for the 6-foot-9 defenseman, but the Isles really had limited offensive looks thanks to Chara playing big, strong and powerful in the defensive zone. The big ice time number is perhaps most impressive of all coming after Chara also played a big role in Boston’s win over the Habs at the Garden on Wednesday night. We’re still a long way away from Chara proving he can do this kind of thing night after night in the playoffs as a 40-year-old, but he showed a little something on Thursday night. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 – the number of consecutive games with a point for the Bruins as they’ve posted an 11-0-4 record over those games, and matched a 15-game point streak from the 2011-12 season in the year after they won the Cup. 

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I like the way we closed out the game in the third period. In a back-to-back there were issues at the beginning and ending of the game, and we fought through it and didn’t let the game get away from us. In the third period in their building they were going to make a push, and I thought we were really, really good in terms of generating the offense and keeping the puck away from the front of the net. I was proud of the guys for that. That was a good, strong finish.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN postgame about what we liked most in the 5-2 win over the Isles. 

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