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Marchand Helps B's Get Back to .500

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- It had been almost a month since Brad Marchand had found the back of the net, but on Thursday night the sophomore forward netted two goals in the B's 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

"It was nice to get the monkey off the back," said Marchand. "It was definitely getting frustrating -- missing a lot of opportunities -- so it was nice to get a couple."

On his first marker Marchand took a pass from defenseman Joe Corvo and put it behind Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk on the power play at 3:50 of the 2nd.

"I saw that he was kind of in the mid to high slot," said Corvo. "A lot of times when you feather one in from there and you keep it high it either blows over the goalie’s shoulders or your forward gets a tip on it.

"It just turned out that he has good hands and tipped it in."

Marchand saw the same setup from his vantage point.

"I just tried to get to the front and Corvs had an open lane and just tried to wrist it in an area where I could tip it and I got a nice bounce," said Marchand, who also added an unassisted goal at 17:57 of the third.

"I think the big thing was keep it a little more simple and getting pucks to the net," said Marchand of his performance on Thursday. "I was getting a lot of opportunities and they just weren’t going in.

"And if you keep pushing and keep getting opportunities then eventually something is going to go in and that’s what happened tonight."

Head Coach Claude Julien, who had preached patience with the young forward througout Bruins trying first month of the season, was glad to see the wing get on the scoresheet, but thinks Marchand has just scratched the surface.

"He’s shooting more," said Julien. "And still, there’s some parts of his game right now that he’s forcing.

"He’s just got to get back to playing his game. It’s speed and shooting like he did on that last [goal], and just going to the net and doing the things that’s given him success in the past.

"Sometimes guys try and do a little too much and they try to get a little too fancy, and it doesn’t suit their game, and that’s Brad in a nutshell. He just has to play hard and use his speed to take pucks to the net and shoot it."

Thanks to an undefeated start to November and a four-game winning streak, Marchand and the Bruins have clawed their way back to an even record.

"It’s nice to get back to .500," said Marchand. "Obviously, we are a little ways from where we want to be and where we should be, but we’re definitely taking steps forward."
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