Early signs were good, but effort falls short
There could not have been a more positive sign to the start of the Bruins’ season than an early power-play goal. But Brad Marchand’s backhander would be their only score last night in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers .
“He saw the opening and made a great pass,’’ Marchand said of Tyler Seguin. “Luckily, I was able to capitalize. [I’m] not going to say that I meant it to go where it went. But it went in and that’s all that matters.’’
Though the Bruins squandered the lead, the Seguin-Marchand combination provided a highlight.
“He kind of worried me for a second,’’ Marchand said. “I wasn’t sure he was going to throw it up, but he made a great pass. It just missed two sticks, it was in a perfect place.
“For sure, he’s a great player. We do have to work on things a little bit. We were a little sloppy out there at times, but I do think the more we get used to each other we’ll make some good plays.’’
The Bruins seemed to experience a letdown, partly the result of participating in the pregame ceremony. And Marchand took the blame for opening the way for the Flyers to tie the score.
“I thought we had a great start but kind of let our guard to down a bit, and they took over,’’ Marchand said.
“We just have to regroup and bounce back. We used [the ceremony] to our benefit and built a little momentum off of that, but we just seemed to let our guard down a bit, thought maybe the game was going to be a little easier than it was and it bit us.’’
Marchand said he was out of position on the tying goal by Claude Giroux.
“The two goals at the end of the period there kind of put a damper on things,’’ he said. “We had a pretty good first and they get a couple of quick goals at the end, it kind of takes the wind out of your sails. So, that’s what happens, but you’ve got to learn to regroup and come back from that.
“We had a couple of collapses. First one was my fault. I didn’t stay ahead of my guy and he was able to get a lot of speed.’’
Marchand said the Bruins are ready to move on from last season.
“It was awesome,’’ Marchand said of the pregame ceremony. “It was great to carry the Cup in front of our fans on our home rink, so it was a pretty special moment.
“That was kind of a closing ceremony to everything and we’ll put that behind us now. We want to try and do it again at the end. We have a long season ahead of us and now we can kind of get it under way.
“We have a great fan base and they give us a lot of energy we can build off. And I think that’s what happened. They were pretty fired up after the ceremony and we tried to use that to our advantage, we had a great start to the game. We still had lots of time to regroup after that, we just were not able to capitalize on opportunities.’’
Game 2, tomorrow night against the Lightning, should be different.
“There won’t be so much stuff going on before the game,’’ Marchand said. “We can come in and focus on what we have to do and not worry about anything else, just worry about playing.
“We’re in a new season and you want it to feel that way. That was kind of a top-off for last season, and maybe we were caught up in that a bit. So, now we can kind of move forward and kind of put that behind us and focus on this year one game at a time.’’
Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.