When Bruins forward Brad Marchand looks across the ice at Flyers forward Claude Giroux, it won't be their first matchup. The two went head-to-head for three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when Giroux was with Gatineau and Marchand played with Moncton, Val d'Or and Halifax. The two also won gold medals together with Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championship.
"I think with (Giroux), he's such a good player, so offensive," Marchand said prior to Game 1. "He brings a lot of different attributes, plays on their PK, power play, 5-on-5 -- he's great. … The biggest thing for us is we have to be physical against him, can't give him time and space. He'll make a lot of great plays if we give him that time and space."
Besides seeing a lot of Marchand, Giroux also can expect to hear a lot of him, too. Marchand has developed a reputation for being a yapper on the ice. It's part of his role, which is agitating the opposition and prodding them into taking bad penalties.
"I think it's just going to be a timing factor," said Marchand. "They have a lot of guys over there who play the same kind of role. You want to try to use that to your advantage and try to get them off their game, but they're pretty good at it, too. If you let them get the better of you … you don't want to be the one taking penalties. I think we're going to see more of it as the series goes on just because it's going to be an emotional series."
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