WILMINGTON — Perhaps the most controversial call in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Bruins was the first-period kneeing call against Brad Marchand  on a play in which he hit Dainius Zubrus. As a small guy (Marchand is 5-foot-9) the 22-year-old forward can expect tough calls each time he hits a player low, but Claude Julien  said on Monday that the team felt it was a clean hit and that such calls shouldn’t shake Marchand.
“I think it’s a situation where he’s got to play his game,” Julien said. “He went in, and to us, it seemed like a clean hit. If it’s perceived another way, you’re going to get some tough calls all year long. The good part about it is that, first of all, in our minds, it was a clean hit and a tough call for him. It was up to the rest of the team to bail him out, and they did.
“I’m not going to ask him to change his style. He’s doing what he does pretty well, and that’s why he’s in our lineup right now. We’re certainly not going to look at that as a negative more than, ‘keep playing your game, and hopefully the referees make the right calls.'”