Bruins forward Brad Marchand  made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon to discuss the team’s recent winning ways, the return of Rich Peverley  and the progression of Tim Thomas .
Marchand and the Bruins are riding a three-game win streak and are winners of five of their last six games. Two of those wins came on a three-game West Coast road trip in which the team beat the Kings and Ducks and lost to the Sharks. Marchand said that the swing of games in California helped to galvanize the Bruins.
“Anytime you go on a road trip and play the way we did, it’s good for your team,” Marchand said. “We definitely built a lot of momentum when you can go into other teams’ buildings and win a couple of games on a long road trip like that. It’s great for us and we can definitely build a lot of momentum off of that.”
With the team having rebounded and returned to playing some of its best hockey, Marchand said that the Bruins are now focused on maintaining that form heading into the playoffs.
“We know that this is the time where you want to play your best hockey,” Marchand said. “We just talked about how we, if we even want to make the playoffs, have to buckle down and start playing well. If you don’t play good hockey come playoff time, you usually get out pretty quickly.
“We don’t want to be in that situation. We just have to make sure to put our best effort on the ice every night.”
With Peverley now back from injury, Marchand said that the team’s newest addition has been an immediate help for the Bruins.
“It balances the lines a little more, it fills holes in different parts of the lineup,” Marchand said. “When you get a guy like Peverley back, he’s a very, very strong player and played very well for our team last year. We missed him and we’re very happy to have him back.”
When asked about Thomas and if his improved play has been a factor in the Bruins’ recent success, Marchand said that while Thomas was never actually playing poorly, his play the last several games has been instrumental to the team’s hot streak.
“During the season, you go through ups and downs, every player does,” Marchand said. “Even if you want to call it down, by no means was it his fault. As a team, as a whole, we weren’t playing very well.
“We’ve played great now for the last few games and he’s been on the ball. It definitely makes it a lot easier for us out there when he’s playing the way he is right now.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page .
On whether the team has gotten a second wind with the win streak: “We haven’t been playing the best as of late, but we’ve kind of turned it around here and we really needed to at the right time, especially going into the playoffs when you need to be playing your best hockey. We’re playing pretty good right now. We just have to make sure to keep focusing on playing this way.”
On the play of the Bruins’ third line: “They’re really hot right now, they’re playing really well, they’re playing like they have something to prove. Every time they’re on the ice, they’re a threat. It makes it a lot easier on the other three lines. It’s great to have them on our team right now.”
On if he aimed to get 50 points at the beginning of the year: “It was definitely a goal at the start of the year. I think every player goes into the season with goals and things they want to improve on and ways to get better and be a better player.”
On “The Bear and the Gang” videos: “I saw it for the first time the other night. I really like the introduction, it’s hilarious seeing all the guys in different parts. I thought [David] Krejci when he was laughing, he kind of gave the camera an eye and that killed me. It’ll be pretty funny and there will be some good videos.”