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Brad Marchand knows he did wrong and makes up for it

11.16.11 at 8:16 am ET
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No one had to tell Brad Marchand why he was benched in the second period of the Bruins’ 4-3 win over the Devils Tuesday night at TD Garden.

He knew that coach Claude Julien wasn’t pleased with him taking a roughing penalty midway through the period, throwing a punch at New Jersey’s Adam Henrique when the two squared tussled in the Devils zone.

The penalty was the first of two straight called on Boston, which led to a 5-on-3 power play and a New Jersey goal, after the Devils had gone scoreless in 22 straight power plays.

“I didn’€™t have to say anything. I think we’€™re kind of at the stage where we’€™ve been together long enough, he knows what I wasn’€™t happy with and why he sat,” Julien said. “But at the same time, he’€™s a good player for us, and he certainly deserves a chance to get back into it, and it was nice to see him respond quickly. He was a much smarter player in the third period.”

Marchand’s response?

He took a pass from Zdeno Chara on the opening faceoff of the third period – as Julien put him back on the top line – and raced down the ice and beat Johan Hedberg six seconds into the period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

“I took a bad penalty there and they scored on it and it’€™s a learning process when things like that happen,” Marchand admitted. “You’€™re going to pay for it sometimes. And I had to pay by sitting on the bench tonight.

“You just want to bounce back. I didn’€™t want to hang my head I wanted to go and show I can be better. And I think he was kind of giving me a pat on the butt. I had to be better in the game. I didn’€™t have a good first couple periods I want to come in the third and play stronger and help the team win.”

He was given encouragement on the bench from teammates like Patrice Bergeron.

“Bergy a couple of times before the third and right before when we’€™re on the ice and just said, ‘keep your head up and let’€™s go for it, bounce back,’ that kind of thing and kind of get me motivated. It just shows his leadership and just another little thing.

“You don’€™t ever want that to be the scenario when you miss a couple of opportunities at the end of the game when your down a bit. But a couple penalties were’€¦I have to avoid. It’€™s kind of a wake up call. It is needed sometimes and tonight was one of those times.”

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