Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bruins' Marchand more than a pest

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Brad Marchand, left, scored twice and added an assist in Boston's 7-3 win in Game 1. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Brad Marchand, left, scored twice and added an assist in Boston's 7-3 win in Game 1. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
By Tim Panaccio,

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was fairly tight-lipped on Sunday as the team did nothing but watch video and stayed off the ice following its 7-3 defeat in Saturday's series opener against Boston.

"There were a lot of things on video that were revealing," he said.  "Most of them had to do with attitude, competitiveness."

Several of his players - Scott Hartnell, Sean O'Donnell, Claude Giroux - said they were embarrassed by what they saw on film.

"We have a competitive group in here," Laviolette said. "They've been through a lot and overcome a lot and coaches and players are both fairly honest. [Saturday], plain and simple ... we need to come in here with a much higher level of energy and desire.

"For whatever reason, from Game 7 [of the first round against Montreal], you win that Game 7, and you take a breath and get your ears pinned back pretty good."

Hartnell said his dinner in Philly's Center City was ruined.

"It stinks," he said. "A 3 o'clock game, you go to dinner afterwards in a bad mood ... Our effort and competitiveness wasn't there as it should be. We're playing for the Stanley Cup. Myself, it was a terrible effort.

"They out-hit us, out-faceoffed us, they did everything better than us ... We embarrassed ourselves in front of our fans."

Marchand agitates, scores

Not that the Bruins scored a power-play goal out of it, but Brad Marchand managed to finagle Chris Pronger into taking a slashing call in the first period of the Game 1 rout.

Pronger was agitated going to the box, too.

"I think Brad has gotten much better ... at being able to ride that fine line," coach Claude Julien said.

"He's one of those guys that can be a pest but he's also a very good hockey player. We need him as much on the ice than anything else, but you never want to take away one of the things he does well. You have to let him do it and as long as he doesn't cross the line I have no issues with that."

In the third period, Marchand scored the goal that made it 5-1 and chased Flyers starter Brian Boucher.

Marchand, who finished with two goals and an assists in Game 1, had ample scoring chances in the Montreal series but scored only once.

"It's tough, you know, [Montreal goalie] Carey [Price] played unbelievable in that series and made a lot of big saves and he just had my number, but we were still getting goals on him," Marchand said.

"As long as the team is scoring and winning, it doesn't matter who gets the goals. But you just got to stick with it. As long as your chances are there I can't be upset."

Teammate Mark Recchi gave Marchand a pep talk between series.
"He and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] were telling me to just keep going at it and we were getting lots of opportunities," Marchand said. "We were very happy with the way we were playing, we just knew we had to stick with it and they would go in."

Bruins still without power-play goal

Boston has now won five playoff games without scoring a power-play goal in this post-season.

They scored seven times against the Flyers without scoring once in five times with the man advantage.

"Our power plays aren't very good, I guess, but I think  there was some really good movement on our PP," said David Krejci, who scored twice at even strength.

"We had some good chances, we just have to stay positive, take the positive things from this game today. If we're going to play this way on the power play, it is just a matter of time and the first one is going to go in."

Missed opportunity

Laviolette didn't see a turning point in the game, even though his team did not score on back-to-back power plays to begin the third period when behind 5-2.

"It was an opportunity for us to get back into the game," Laviolette conceded. "Turning points, I think, are when you are competitively involved in the game and something all of the sudden goes south or doesn't go your way, there's a turning point. The 60 minutes that we play, it was hard to get a turning point anywhere in there."


Boston skated Sunday, but forward Nathan Horton did not skate because of a broken skate ... Pronger is suffering from a cold. He left Game 1 late in the final period for a reported back issue. Pronger seemed fine on Sunday and a source said his back was fine ... Pronger addressed the media wearing a t-shirt that read, "Mr. Bully." ... Pronger was minus -3 in Game 1, his worst rating since Game 5 of the Cup final against Chicago last June, when he was minus-5.

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