BostonBruins.com — Brad Marchand
and the rest of the Bruins are pleased with both the results and game-play of Thursday night’s win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, however, the forward knows it is only one game of a long season and the B’s can’t slow down by any means.
“In order to win, we just need to bring that effort every night,” said Marchand, who is tied for second on the B's with 2-2-4 totals.
The sophomore forward said the team has to zone in and step it up even more than they did Thursday night if the Bruins want to take down Joe Thornton and a potent Sharks offense.
“I think the big thing is just focus," said Marchand. "We have to know that to play our game we need that kind of effort every night and especially against San Jose — who are a great team.
"A lot of great forwards out there,” explained Marchand.
Last year the Sharks attack tore through the Western Conference as they finished with 105 points, holding the NHL’s fourth best record at 48-25-9.
Marchand’s game is based around his speed and work ethic, both which need to be at his best in order to break a high-powered San Jose team.
“We’re going to have to play very hard if we want to compete with them.”
Coming to town will be former Bruin Joe Thornton who has consistently ranked at the top of the league during his fifteen-year career. Over his six-year stint with the California squad, the Sharks Captain has registered 92, 114, 96, 86, 89, 70 point totals.
Last night versus New Jersey, the former Black & Gold captain played his 1000th NHL game (532 with Boston).
Skating alongside Thornton will be other San Jose forwards who have proven themselves as consistent scorers over the past few years. Newly acquired Martin Havlat joins Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski who look to make another run at the Stanley Cup after falling short in the playoffs in recent years.
San Jose has started each season with a high-powered roster and come to the TD Garden looking no different. The Sharks visit Boston looking to prove they are capable once again and try to take a bite out the defending Stanley Cup Champions record.
Marchand and his center Patrice Bergeron
have been able to hold their own against other high-powered teams by moving the puck quickly and keeping it in the offensive zone.
“We have good chemistry and we both just work hard and try to be strong on the puck and I think it’s just tough for opposing teams to defend when we’re down in their end--we just like to cycle and hold onto it,” Brad said.
The left-wing/center duo have seen the lines change so far, but seem to remain together throughout the mixing.
“It really doesn’t matter who we play with -- we want to play the same game and just try to help the team any way we can,” said Marchand.
The two line-mates and the rest of the B’s look for their home crowd to continue providing a hostile and loud environment for their home team. The fans at the TD Garden helped the Bruins get off to a strong start last night and didn’t allow the Maple Leafs to regain composure after they fell behind.
“It is very tough playing at home when we have such high expectations, but it’s a good challenge for us and we have to make sure we rise to the occasion,” added Marchand.
The Black & Gold return to their home ice tomorrow night for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop to meet this challenge. ---John Griffin