Marchand given an energy bar
Coach wants no more histrionics
Brad Marchand was among the many Bruins (read: virtually all) who was ineffective Saturday night in Boston’s 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Marchand finished 0-0—0 and a minus-2, and also earned a mild reprimand from coach Claude Julien, who was less than enamored with Marchand’s late-game histrionics that had the rookie winger breaking his stick in anger while at the Boston bench.
“That was just him frustrated,’’ said Julien. “That’s something we don’t like to see and we don’t want to see, but he is a first-year player. He is a rookie and he is certainly learning. I am sure you are not going to see that again.’’
Marchand, the pepperpot left winger who is Boston’s No. 2 point-getter (5-6—11) in the postseason, was slightly sheepish yesterday when asked about the incident and his coach’s reaction.
“I was a little frustrated there, and that’s selfish,’’ said the 23-year-old second-year pro. “What I did brought a lot of negative energy to the team at the wrong time.’’
Emotion, though, is a big part of Marchand’s game. He is at his best when he is irritated, channeling his anger and frustration toward opponents via his alert, chippy play and often his, shall we say, spirited dialogue.
“Yeah, to an extent,’’ he said, when asked if that attitude is an essential part of his game. “But I have to be better about keeping it bottled up. I can’t show my frustration like that. Some frustration built up there and it just got to me.’’
Physical education Tyler Seguin’s goal and assist, his first two postseason points, were the highlight of his playoff debut Saturday night. But equally impressive, if not more, were his two hits, including one with 2:40 left in the second period in which he scooted across to the right-wing corner and stapled defenseman Mike Lundin with a board-rattling slam.
“Yeah, it felt good after,’’ said a smiling Seguin, noting that he couldn’t remember the target.
His lack of hitting, specifically his constant turning away from physical play, is in large part what led Seguin to be scratched from the lineup for the first two rounds. Sitting in the press box and watching the games, he said, helped him to realize the need to get more involved in the physical game.
“It’s something I’ve been told, too, that my compete level had to be raised,’’ he said.
Seguin, the No. 2 pick in last June’s draft, said he was prodded to increase his physicality in his junior hockey days, too.
“Yeah, but that was different,’’ he said. “In junior, you’d be on a line with a big winger to make a big hit.’’
The difference on the NHL level is that one big hit from a linemate won’t guarantee playmaking room for the rest of the line. In today’s NHL, it’s either hit or be hit, and Seguin Saturday night might have taken an important step in understanding that.
Bergeron skates again Patrice Bergeron skated on his own at the Garden, before the extras went through their paces, and then was not made available to the media. He’ll likely have a similar workout today, inching closer to his first non-contact drills. One he gets to that level, the medical staff will determine how soon he can begin taking knocks . . . Julien on Seguin: “He’s a great player, and [Saturday] night he was excited about his first [playoff] game — he played with lots of energy and did a good job.’’ . . . Chris Kelly was the only Boston pivot to finish above .500 at the faceoff dot in Game 1 at 10 for 17 . . . The Bruins attempted 66 shots in Game 1, landing only 33, while the Bolts landed 34 of 54. The Bolts blocked 17 of Boston’s attempts, with Victor Hedman (4), Brett Clark (3), and Mattias Ohlund (3) leading the way. Tiny dancer Martin St. Louis made one key block, dropping down to front a sizzling Johnny Boychuk slapper in the first period, less than two minutes before Sean Bergenheim knocked in the 1-0 lead . . . Lost in the shuffle: Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas didn’t have one of his best nights, but he came up with some very good saves as the game went on, including a beaut on Simon Gagne with 5:25 gone in the third. His counterpart, Dwayne Roloson, fretted little over 60 minutes. Topping Boston’s agenda in Game 2: landing more quality shots to force the 41-year-old ex-UMass Lowell star to move his feet . . . Roloson now has won eight straight playoff starts, the most by a goalie age 40-plus since Jacques Plante won eight straight with St. Louis in 1969.