Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Marchand gives Bruins mouthy edge

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Brad Marchand, right, admitted to being affected by nerves in Game 1, but Boston counts on his hard-driving style. (Rich Lam/Getty Images) Brad Marchand, right, admitted to being affected by nerves in Game 1, but Boston counts on his hard-driving style. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins didn't skate Saturday morning ahead of Game 2 in Vancouver. They also declined to skate prior to Game 1.

Based on Friday's practice, there will be no lineup changes for Saturday's game. Rich Peverley was the fourth forward on the second line alongside Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Recchi. Peverley will most likely start the night on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. But Peverley will probably spell Recchi on the second line throughout the game.

"We're going into this game tonight with positive thoughts and positive  feelings," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "This isn't unknown territory for us. We've been through that. It doesn't mean it happens automatically. We have to work through it.

"Having done it, it certainly gives you the confidence to go out there and play the game we need to play in order to win. We certainly don't want to go to Boston down two games. This is a game that we feel is an important one for our hockey club."

Marchand remains go-to forward

During exit interviews last year, Marchand boldly informed Julien that he would score 20 goals in 2010-11. This season, the brash rookie came through on his word, netting 21 goals in 77 games while playing with a mouthy edge.

Expectations have not changed for Marchand in the final.

"It's his competitiveness," Julien said when asked why Marchand has earned his trust. "He's come in this year and established himself as a pretty good player, even though he was with us at times last year and didn't play much. He certainly didn't play like a rookie this year. He had that confidence. He's a pretty reliable guy. He'll make mistakes like everybody else. Overall, when the game is on the line, you're going to see him go through the wall to do whatever needs to be done. That's what I like about Brad."

In Game 1, Marchand had four shots in 16:29 of ice time in the Bruins' 1-0 loss. Marchand acknowledged feeling nerves before his Stanley Cup Final debut that would hopefully disappear Saturday.

"Having gone through it that one time, it helps a ton," Marchand said. "Now you get all the nerves out of the way and focus on the job ahead of us."

Marchand's game centres on emotion. Marchand is at his best when he's in opponents' faces, talking trash, and playing with some bite. The drawback, however, is a lack of discipline when he gets too keyed up.

In Game 1, Marchand was whistled for a holding-the-stick penalty in the first period. During his time in the box, the Green Men gave it to Marchand, mostly making fun of his height (5-foot-9).

"The penalty he took wasn't a good penalty last game," Julien said. "We know that's happened at times with Brad with the type of game that he plays. We certainly want him to improve in that area and minimize those kinds of things. But he understands it. He knows once he does it, he takes ownership for it."

Ex-Bruin Alberts likely in

Vancouver defenceman Dan Hamhuis, who suffered a leg injury in the second period of Game 1, is not likely to play Saturday. Hamhuis was hurt after he hip-checked Milan Lucic in front of the benches. Hamhuis limped off after the play.

If Hamhuis is unavailable, former Bruin Andrew Alberts would probably get the nod. Alberts, a healthy scratch in Game 1, practiced Friday alongside Christian Ehrhoff.

Alberts hasn't played since Game 3 of the second round against Nashville. Alberts didn't dress for any of the games against San Jose in the Western Conference final.

"Hopefully get out there, get a bump in early, a couple good shifts, get in the game as soon as possible," Alberts said of his approach if he gets the call. "Just make simple plays."

The Bruins traded Alberts to Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2008, for Ned Lukacevic and a 2009 fourth-round pick. Part of the reason the Bruins traded Alberts was to open a roster spot. Kyle Quincey had been placed on waivers by Detroit a day earlier, and the Bruins were hoping to submit a claim. But Los Angeles nabbed Quincey off waivers.

Former teammates still playing for the Bruins include David Krejci, Michael Ryder, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton, and Tim Thomas.

Expected Boston lineup

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Rich Peverley

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
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