Brad Marchand on Game 6: ‘This series has nothing to do with what happened three years ago’
|05.12.14 at 3:05 pm ET|
MONTREAL — The marching orders have been delivered. The Bruins are not to talk or think about what happened in Game 6 in 2011, when they had a chance to close out the Canadiens but allowed a pair of 5-on-3 power play goals in a 2-1 loss that extended the series to the fateful Game 7, won by Nathan Horton in overtime.
“This series has nothing to with something that happened three years ago but Montreal always a great power play,” Brad Marchand said. “They’re always very dangerous and have been all series long and we definitely have to make sure we do a good job of staying out of the box.”
Head coach Claude Julien had the same reaction, beginning with forgetting about what happened in 2011.
“I don’t [remember],” Julien quipped. “No short-term memory.”
Of the 13 goals the Bruins have allowed in the series, seven have come on the power play, including the overtime game-winner in Game 1 and both goals in the Game 5 win over the Canadiens. Montreal is 7-for-19 on the power play this series. While the seven number is significant, the 19 might be more alarming since the Bruins know they need to avoid penalties at all costs to avoid a Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston.
“I think it’s important that we are physical but it’s also important that we stay out of the box,” Julien said. “We’ve seen where the goals have come from. Their power play has been good in this series, so I think it’s important that we still play within our identity, which is being big, strong and physical but at the same time you have to play between the whistles and stay out of the box.”
Marchand says that while play has been chippy as expected, both teams have been careful not to go any further.
“There’s not a whole lot going on,” Marchand said. “The refs are breaking things up pretty quick after the whistles. I think when we play our game and we’re on top of it, we’re being physical, it can get frustrating some times. They’ve played chippy, they hit back, they don’t shy away, they’re being physical back. When you do that, penalties are going to get called and that’s all that’s really going on.”
Julien knows that both David Krejci and Brad Marchand are overdue to score their first respective goals of the playoffs. But Monday, he heralded the third and fourth lines that have picked up the slack.
“You don’t have success if you don’t have everybody contributing in the playoffs, it’s as simple as that,” Julien said. “There’s unsung heroes every year. Unsung heroes mean they’re not necessarily your top line players or your top Ds. Whatever the case may be, young goaltender coming in like for Anaheim. Those are the kind of things that make big stories in the players. In order to have success, you have to have guys stepping up and that’s what you always hope your team is going to able to do, have some of those guys come up big for you.”
Speaking of big, that’s exactly how Julien wants to see his team play Monday night in Game 6, winning puck battles that Daniel Paille said has been the difference in the last two games, turning a 2-1 series deficit into a 3-2 lead.
“It’s just part of our game,” Julien said. “Everybody talks about the big Bruins, I think since we’re big, we might as well win battles, right? So, that’s the bottom line. We’re not talking about our team with electrifying speed, we’re talking about our team as being big, physical so you have to win battles. I don’t think that’s a real big secret.”
The other factor that is no secret is the desperation card that the Canadiens need to play, and the Bruins need to prepare for.
“Well, there’s one team that’s desperate tonight, and rightfully so,” Julien said. “There’s a team on the other side that has to be just as desperate because you don’t want a Game 7. That’s my approach. You have to play and play your best game. I keep saying it, you have to play your best game of the series to close up any series because you’re going to get the best of the other team.”