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Brad Was At His Best

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
PHILADELPHIA -- With two goals and an assist on Saturday afternoon, Brad Marchand continues to shine in his first two series of NHL postseason action.

"It’s a ton of fun," said Marchand of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after the B's 7-3 win in Game 1 of Round 2. "Playoff time is the best time of the year.

"And what better place to play right now then in Philly and the Stanley Cup playoffs.”

Marchand now finds himself in second on the Bruins for postseason points (3-5-8), but Patrice Bergeron, the B's playoff leader (2-8-10), says that this series might find the Boston's second line playing on the other side of the puck.

"He [was] been great against Montreal," said Bergeron of Marchand. "We might have a more defensive role this series, but we have to find a way to chip in and help the team as much as we can.

"I thought we did that tonight. I thought he was great tonight.”

Also great was Marchand's ability to get under the skin of the Flyers.

"I feel as though he is doing a good job of that," said Bergeron. "He is smart enough to know when it is time and when it is not.

"Even though he is a rookie...he has learned that role and has been doing pretty good."

"I think Brad has gotten much better," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien postgame on Saturday. "There is always room for improvement, but he is so much better at being able to ride that fine line.

"He’s one of those guys that can be a pest, but he’s also a very good hockey player and we need him as much on the ice as anything else.

"But you never want to take away one of the things that he does well and you have to let him do it. And as long as he doesn’t cross the line I have no issues with that," he said.

Marchand wasn't always riding so high. Many of his attempts in Round 1 versus Montreal found their end in Carey Price's glove or missed the net completely.

"Its tough, you know, Carey played unbelievable in that series and made a lot of big saves and he just had my number," said Marchand. "But we were still getting goals on him and as long as the team is scoring and winning, it doesn’t matter who gets the goals.

"So I was okay as long as we were winning. But you just got to stick with it; as long as your chances are there I can’t be upset."

Marchand credited Bergeron and future Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Recchi for helping him through the opening round.

"Yeah, he and Bergy were telling me to just keep going at it and we were getting lots of opportunities," he 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.

"He talks to me a lot before and during the games," added Marchand of Recchi. "Little tips here and there.

"He has really helped me a lot this year, any advice I can get from him, I am always hoping for it.

"It’s always nice to watch him,” he said.

The NHL veteran was fun to watch versus the Flyers as Recchi added a goal on Saturday. Add in Bergeron's assists and the Bruins "White" line accounted for three goals and four assists versus the Flyers in Game 1.

Marchand, for one, liked the way the B's kept the pressure on Philadelphia through the entire game.

"Yeah, there have been a few games, even in the last series where we were up and sit back and let a team get back in it," he said. "We did a good job responding after they got that third goal and it was big for us.”
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