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Disgruntled Capitals say 'not a lot of integrity' in Brad Marchand's game

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Disgruntled Capitals say 'not a lot of integrity' in Brad Marchand's game

BOSTON – Brad Marchand apparently doesn’t have too many big fans on the defending Stanley Cup champ Washington Capitals.

Clearly, the Caps got the last laugh with a 4-2 win on Thursday night against the Bruins at TD Garden, and Marchand himself was a minus-3 while not factoring into any of the scoring for the Black and Gold. But Marchand also got in the head of the Capitals when Lars Eller tried to get him back for an incident between the two players at the end of Boston’s opening night blowout in Washington, D.C. Eller challenged Marchand to a fight during the first period, and ended up taking a roughing penalty call after spinning the B’s left winger all over the ice. Clearly Marchand declined to accept the invitation to drop the gloves, and instead stayed out of the penalty box. 

The Bruins got a power play out of it where they didn’t score, and the Capitals players got annoyed at the way Marchand handled things.

“[You] can't fight a guy that doesn't want to fight. Everybody saw what he is. I don't know what else to say,” said Lars Eller postgame in an interview that aired on NESN. “We got out of here with two points. We got what we wanted. I don’t think there’s a lot of integrity in his game.”

Similarly, T.J. Oshie weighed in on Marchand as well, and also didn’t really like how things went down with No. 63. How did Marchand respond?

Well, the Bruins got a power play out of it and Marchand largely stayed out of trouble while admittedly not doing enough to get the Bruins a winning result. In classic Marchand fashion, he also said he had “nothing to prove” to a player like Eller.  

“I haven't looked at the stat sheet, but I really don't feel like I need to prove anything,” said Marchand. “He plays maybe 10-12 minutes a night and I'm playing 20. In a 1-0 game and to go on a power play, it doesn't make sense [to fight]."

Marchand's head coach agreed with that assessment.

"There was obviously some bad, some leftover residual effect from the previous game, but I think Marchy recognized the situation," said Bruce Cassidy. "We're trying to win a hockey game. You take care of business, as Marchy did, when the game was basically decided last time. So I thought he did... showed very good discipline. Did what he needed to do for the team to help us get on the power play, and unfortunately we weren't able to cash in."

So another team leaves Boston with players disgruntled about Marchand, and Boston’s favorite Little Ball of Hate more concerned that he couldn’t do enough to keep the B’s from losing their 14th straight game to the Washington Capitals.  

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Talking Points from the Bruins 3-0 win over the Ducks

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Talking Points from the Bruins 3-0 win over the Ducks

Here are my talking points from an excellent shutout win by the Bruins in Anaheim:

GOLD STAR: Excellent game for Jaroslav Halak, who made 30 saves for the Bruins, including a big stop toward the end of the first period where Torey Krug had thrown a blind pass to Max Jones right in the slot area. Jones got off a point blank shot at the Boston net, but Halak stood tall to turn away the premium scoring chance. He was just as good in the second period as he was in the first, with 11 shots against him in each of those periods, and then the Bruins cruised in the third period for the shutout win over Anaheim. Halak hasn’t been great over the last six weeks or so, but he was very good toward the end of the period as the B’s struggled a little bit.

BLACK EYE: A tough night for Adam Henrique, who was a minus-2 in 14:55 of ice time and had just a couple of shots on net in a generally ineffective performance overall. He was also 3-for-10 in the face-off circle as the Ducks forward really didn’t play well in any facet of the game, and instead looked like a Ducks hockey club that’s starting to mail in games given how far they are outside of a playoff spot. He certainly wasn’t alone on the Anaheim roster, though, as they really didn’t muster much in the way of offense while getting shut down offensively by the Bruins.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins simply needed to get off to a good start against the Ducks to get ahead and really discourage a team that’s in a bit of disarray. That’s exactly what the Bruins did when Noel Acciari jumped in front of the net to tip home a Brandon Carlo one-timer blast from the point, and continued when they scored a goal in each of the next two periods while big offensive players like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were kept off the scores sheet. It’s always a big deal when the B’s can find a way to scratch out some secondary offense, and that’s exactly what they did against the mighty Ducks on Friday night.

HONORABLE MENTION: Give it to Noel Acciari, who finished with three shots on net and three registered hits in his 14:55 of ice time. Acciari played heavy and physical against a big, strong and heavy Anaheim group, and he also filled in with the offensive side of things as well. He slid in front of the net as Brandon Carlo was winding up and blasting from the point, and his tipped puck got the Bruins ahead for good early in the game. Acciari was also a plus-2 rating and part of a Bruins fourth line that kicked in a pair of goals in the road win when you consider Chris Wagner’s empty net score in the final periods as well.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15-for-18 – Patrice Bergeron didn’t really factor into the scoring so much in Friday’s win over the Ducks, but he was a dominant 15-for-18 in the face-off circle as he did his part for Boston to dominate puck possession.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “You prepare to win every game, but you want to play your best hockey as you go along. It’s just a matter of consistency coming around. We’re starting to see our health coming around, so you can play the same groups every night and they’re getting a feel for one another.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN on a Bruins team that’s starting to play some pretty strong hockey. 

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Highlights from Bruins' 3-0 win over Ducks

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Highlights from Bruins' 3-0 win over Ducks

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Ducks 0

IN BRIEF: In the first leg of a five-game West Coast road swing, the Bruins played fast and never got much of a threat from Anaheim, jumping out to a 1-0 first period league and never looking back. Goalie Jaroslav Halak was terrific in net, making some timely saves to pick up his third shutout of the season.

BOX SCORE 

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

Good reward for the Bruins fourth line, with Noel Acciari tipping home a Brandon Carlo point blast. It’s just the second goal of the season for Acciari, who has worked diligently and done the right things without the results always being there. But he was finally rewarded on Friday night with the hard-working goal just as the “fourth line” has been rewarded with more and more ice time as they’ve continued to play good hockey.

Excellent game for Jaroslav Halak, who made 30 saves for the Bruins -- including a big stop toward the end of the first period, where Torey Krug had thrown a blind pass to Max Jones right in the slot area. Jones got off a point blank shot at the Boston net, but Halak stood tall to turn away the premium scoring chance. He was just as good in the second period as he was in the first, and then the Bruins cruised in the third period for the shutout win over Anaheim. Halak hasn’t been great over the last six weeks or so, but he was very good toward the end of the period as the B’s struggled a little bit.

David Krejci continues to excel while filling in for David Pastrnak on that top Bruins power play unit. He made a couple of plays from that spot in the first game without Pastrnak on Tuesday night, and he once again dangled through the Ducks penalty kill to set up Jake DeBrusk for a tap-in power play goal in the second period on Friday night. He scored on a one-timer in the first game to show that his shot can be effective from the face-off circle, but it’s his hands and playmaking that could set him apart there as they did in the insurance marker for the Black and Gold. 

BRUINS RECORD: 33-17-8 (74 points), 3rd in Atlantic Division

⬇️ HIGHLIGHTS ⬇️

HALAK CAN'T BE BEAT

CARLO FIRES, ACCIARI GETS A PIECE

DEBRUSK CRASHES THE NET

WAGNER'S EMPTY-NETTER SEALS IT

UP NEXT
SATURDAY: at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NESN)
MONDAY: at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NESN)
WEDNESDAY: at Vegas, 10 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

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