|11.11.11 at 9:12 am ET|
Before scoring two goals in Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Oilers, Brad Marchand had just one goal since his power play score on opening night against the Flyers.
There was some thought that maybe – just maybe – he was putting pressure on himself to produce after signing his two-year, $5 million contract extension in mid-September.
“I don’t want to change my game, change how I play,” Marchand said, before admitting he’s now a focal point of defenses. “It’s a little tougher out there. You have to face [expectations] but, for the most part, I just want to play the same way.”
The chances were certainly there throughout the first 13 games. But he had just two goals and five assists to show for his work.
On Thursday, those chances turned into goals, two to be exact, as Marchand took a little time to exhale.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “It was nice to get the monkey off the back it was definitely getting frustrating, missing a lot of opportunities, so it was nice to get a couple.
“I think the big thing was keep it a little more simple and getting pucks to the net. 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.”
Now, the Bruins are back at .500 at 7-7-0 and Marchand hopes his game will ride the momentum of the team’s four-game winning streak.
“Definitely, it’s nice to get back to .500 here and obviously we are a little ways from where we want to be and where we should be, but we’re definitely taking steps forward,” he said.
Does he feel he is out of a scoring slump?
“I don’t know it’s just one game, you have to keep going forward and keep things simple and hopefully they keep going in,” he said. “I just got a little luck out there. That’s how it goes sometimes. I went longer spurts last year without scoring goals and it’s just how it goes. Things go up and down. You can’t get too high or too low. It’s hockey.”
|11.11.11 at 8:25 am ET|
There’s no doubt that Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have All-Star careers ahead of them. By all accounts from NHL scouts, the pair are can’t miss talents that will help lead the Edmonton Oilers back to prominence.
Throw in Ryan Smyth, who had two goals Thursday, and you can see why their forward skill is envied by others around the league.
All three certainly showed their talent Thursday night.
But in the end, it was Tyler Seguin‘s Bruins who had the deeper roster and better defensemen as the B’s prevailed, 6-3.
Seguin already has a Stanley Cup ring.
Seguin was a second overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft while Hall and Nugent-Hopkins were the last two No. 1 overall picks. Seguin said it was fun taking it all in.
“Yeah, I mean it was fun,” the 19-year-old Seguin said, before referencing Nugent-Hopkins, who is a whopping one year younger than Seguin. “And then there were some ‘ you know, that new first overall kid ‘ I don’t know why I said kid; I’m a kid ‘ that was the first time I’d actually seen him play as well, and it’s cool seeing new talent coming into the league. They’re going to be a great team in a few years to come; they’ve got a lot of talent.” Read the rest of this entry »
|11.10.11 at 11:05 pm ET|
“Only a lower-body injury right now, and I don’t know the severity of it, so that’s all I can give you,” Julien said after the game.
Ference played only two shifts in the second period and totaled 9:22 of icetime on the night.
|11.10.11 at 9:32 pm ET|
The Bruins made it four in a row on Thursday, defeating the Oilers, 6-3, at TD Garden.
Johnny Boychuk got the scoring started for the Bruins with a slapshot from the point at 7:11 of the first period, with Jordan Caron scoring his first goal of the season at 8:55.
After calling a timeout, the Oilers tied it with goals from Ryan Smyth and rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins within 29 seconds of one another. Second period goals from Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead before Smyth added another goal in the third period. Milan Lucic then scored his eighth goal of the season before Marchand picked up an unassisted tally to make it 6-3.
Defenseman Joe Corvo had three assists on the night. It was the first two-goal game of the season for Marchand, while Lucic has now scored in five straight games.
It was the second consecutive win for Tuukka Rask, who improved to 2-3-0 on the season. The Bruins will next play Saturday, when they host the Sabres.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Sure, his first one was a redirection, but it’s good to see Marchand show up in the goal column. It was Marchand’s first goal in 10 games — he had last scored Oct. 12 against the Hurricanes. Despite being rather quiet from a statistical standpoint, Marchand had been getting opportunities.
– Seguin remains red-hot, even if his only shot on goal had to take some funny bounces before it went in. Seguin threw a shot on goal that Tom Gilbert was clearing out when the puck bounced off Corey Potter and into the net. It wasn’t the prettiest goal Seguin’s scored, but the fact of the matter is that he’s just 14 games into the season and already two goals away from reaching his rookie total of 11.
– It was a good showing from Zach Hamill, who was called up on an emergency basis Wednesday and played in place of Rich Peverley. Skating on the third line with Chris Kelly and Caron, Hamill set up Caron’s first-period tally and drew a roughing penalty on Theo Peckham late in the first period.
– Speaking of Caron, the young winger now has points in two straight games. Caron threw the shot on net Monday that resulted in Benoit Pouliot‘s rebound goal, and although Caron’s tally on Thursday was mainly the result of Devan Dubnik being more focused on Kelly, the Bruins have to be happy to see him getting on the score sheet. Caron had no points entering Monday’s contest.
– Make that two consecutive games in which the B’s have given Rask some legitimate support. The Bruins had scored a total of three goals in Rask’s first three starts of the season, but they’ve scored 12 goals in front of him over the last two games. It’s no coincidence that he’s picked up his first two wins of the season in those contests.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Andrew Ference left the Boston bench in the second period and did not return to the game. He played just two shifts in the period, and it was announced at the start of the third period that he was done for the night. Ference didn’t appear injured on the ice at any point, so it’s hard to tell what kept him from returning.
– Patrice Bergeron did not register a point Thursday, which means his point-streak is over at seven games. Hardly a concern for the Bruins, who have been getting great production from Bergeron’s line.
– The Oilers certainly found their way back into the game after surrounding the first two goes in the first period. Coach Tom Renney called a timeout following Caron’s goal, and it got the job done. The Oilers even did in Bruins-esque fashion given how little time it took them to score two goals.
|11.10.11 at 6:57 pm ET|
|11.10.11 at 6:27 pm ET|
The NHL All-Star ballot was released Thursday, with six Bruins on the lengthy list of names.
One notable omission from the list is Tyler Seguin, who leads the Bruins with 15 points this season.
|11.10.11 at 12:52 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin doesn’t remember whether he was matched up with Taylor Hall a lot in juniors, but Hall certainly remembers Seguin. When asked the same question Seguin couldn’t answer a day earlier, Hall said he learned enough from playing against Seguin in the OHL that he has an idea of how to silence the Bruins’ leading scorer.
“I’ve played against him a lot in the playoffs. Over the last few years of my junior career, I played against him probably 20 times, so I kind of know what he’s all about,” Hall said Thursday.
Hall’s Windsor Spitfires swept Seguin’s Plymouth Whalers in the playoffs in 2010, a series in which Hall — whose line was out there against Seguin’s — kept Seguin from registering a point, while Hall picked up eight points in the four-game series.
Now, the tables are turned quite a bit. It’s Seguin who’s doing better statistically (15 points for Seguin compared to Hall’s nine), and while the Oilers boast the far superior record of 9-3-1, Seguin is the one playing on the defending Stanley Cup champions.
For that reason, Hall’s line with fellow young guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle might have a trickier time keeping Seguin off the score sheet. Even so, Hall hopes to draw from experience as he tries to silence the line he figures to see plenty of Thursday night.
“We had to play him really hard,” Hall said of Seguin. “We couldn’t give him a lot of time with the puck especially. Tonight — his line’s playing great, with [Brad] Marchand and [Patrice] Bergeron — we’re going to try to limit their time and try to play in their end and make them come 200 feet to score on us.”