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Postgame Reaction vs. Philadelphia

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- Brad Marchand's 20th goal of the season helped the Bruins clinch a playoff berth in style when he beat Philadelphia's Brian Boucher at 16:17 of the third period to give the B's a 2-1 come from behind win over the Flyers in Wells Fargo Center.

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the third.
"We wanted to go for the win," said Marchand to NESN's Naoko Funayama, postgame. "We didn't want to sit back and let them bring it to us.

"It's a big win for us. We wanted to bounce back and kind of get on a roll here.

"We did a great job tonight," said the rookie.

Marchand, who has a 20-17-37 line with a plus-25 rating in his first full NHL season, had been looking for the benchmark goal since he scored against the Calgary Flames on February 22nd.

"It's a special feeling," he told NESN. "It's been tough, but it's a proud accomplishment and I owe it all to the guys, so it's great."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien expects that a weight will be lifted off his winger.

"Well, I think we'll see him regain it even more now that he scored his 20th," said Julien of the forward's rookie year momentum. "I think there seemed to be a lot of pressure on him to score his 20th and hopefully that's a little relief and he'll only keep getting better from here on in."

Mark Recchi, Marchand's frequent linemate, agreed.

"Obviously it's great for Marshy," said Recchi, who tied Paul Coffey for 12th all-time on the NHL assist list (1531) with his helper on the game-winner. "He's had a heck of a year and he's been pressing a bit to get that 20 and there's no better way to get it than with a game-winner.

"He played a heck of a game and he's been a great player for us all year.

"I'm happy he got it and this was good win, a big win, period," said Recchi to NESN's cameras. "We wanted to bounce back after yesterday.

"We had two great games earlier in the week and we were okay yesterday, but not like we wanted to be and we came back and played properly today."

Coach Julien said his club got better as the game moved on.

"The second period, we seemed to pick up some momentum there and we knew going into the third it was important for us to play a real smart game," said Julien. "Play to win, but minimize the mistakes and I thought we did a good job of that, also."

Goalie Tim Thomas (27 saves) raised his recorded to 32-10-8 and maintained his lead in goals against average (2.00) and save percentage (.939) as he continues to vie for the Vezina Trophy.

"We didn't play all that bad against the Rangers, so we've actually put quite a few decent ones together," said Thomas to the press after the game. "But after you lose it's always nice to come back with a victory -- especially against one of the higher teams in the conference."
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