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Marchand had it all covered

Pest’s agitating, scoring on display

By Fluto Shinzawa
Globe Staff / November 14, 2011

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In the second period of a 6-2 win over Buffalo Saturday night at TD Garden, the Bruins’ Brad Marchand picked off a Tyler Myers pass and broke toward the net. Marchand really wanted to shoot.

Tyler Seguin, however, didn’t let him.

Seguin, who had just rolled over the boards to replace David Krejci, streaked backdoor. Andrej Sekera, trying to fend off the two-on-one, did little to challenge Marchand or take away Seguin as an option.

So Marchand made the correct play by dishing to Seguin for the goal. Even though he didn’t want to.

“I wanted to shoot the whole way,’’ Marchand said. “But he was too wide open. The goalie froze. I had to give it to him.’’

Marchand got his chance to rip away later in the game. This time, it was Seguin on the dishing end. Marchand had hit the ice to replace Milan Lucic and sprinted over the offensive blue line. Seguin, on the right boards, spotted Marchand driving to the net. After taking a pass from Seguin, Marchand roofed a backhander over Jhonas Enroth to score his third goal in the last two games.

“We’re starting to click a little better here now,’’ Marchand said of his connection with Seguin. “On some of the plays, we’re starting to find each other. We know where to be. He’s obviously a pretty easy guy to play with.’’

The Bruins’ fifth straight win featured Marchand doing what he does best: scoring and agitating. In 16 minutes 28 seconds of ice time, he scored one goal and had two assists while landing two shots on goal.

Marchand also repeatedly clashed with Derek Roy. During one postwhistle exchange, Marchand tugged at Roy’s arm with his stick. Roy shrugged off the jab and pulled Marchand’s stick from his hands.

It was all calculated.

“Before the game, I didn’t feel the best,’’ Marchand said. “I felt a little groggy. That was an opportunity for me to get myself in the game and feel a little better. After I tried to get in his face, I did feel a little better out there. I felt more involved. It helped my game.’’

Hamill back down

Yesterday, after a two-game stint with the big club, Zach Hamill was returned to Providence. However, unlike previous demotions, Hamill went south on I-95 leaving positive vibes in Boston.

Hamill, recalled on an emergency basis Wednesday because of injuries to Rich Peverley and Daniel Paille, was solid Thursday night against Edmonton. He assisted on Jordan Caron’s goal and looked comfortable at right wing.

Hamill impressed the coaching staff enough to earn one more look Saturday night, although he wasn’t as sharp against Buffalo. After switching from right wing to left, Hamill recorded zero shots in 8:39 of ice time. Benoit Pouliot was the healthy scratch as Hamill made his second straight appearance.

“I think anybody that plays well deserves to stay in the lineup,’’ said coach Claude Julien after Saturday night’s win. “I thought his game the other night was very good. “Tonight he played on the left side, which he’s done in Providence. He’s played both wings. He’s a smart player. That’s what I like about him. He stood tall when it was time to stand tall.’’

Hamill never established himself in his first three pro seasons, when Rob Murray was behind the Providence bench. This season, under first-year coach Bruce Cassidy, Hamill has been playing in all situations and asserting himself on the wing.

“Butchy [Cassidy] was the main guy that gave me the confidence to play the wing,’’ Hamill said. “In Providence, the first couple games was a struggle. But he’s been great to me since Day 1.’’

Hot shot

Entering last night’s games, Toronto’s Phil Kessel (12) and Seguin (11, tied with three others) were 1-2 atop the leaderboard in goals. Kessel has two in his last five games, while Seguin has found the back of the net seven times during the same span . . . Stick salute to referees Ghislain Hebert and Marc Joannette for their whistle work Saturday night. They correctly assessed Lucic a charging minor for running over Ryan Miller, who suffered a concussion, general manager Darcy Regier said last night, and is out indefinitely. According to Rule 42.1, charging is applied to any player who, as a result of distance traveled, violently checks an opponent. Furthermore, according to the rule, “a goalkeeper is not ‘fair game’ just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper.’’ They also made the correct call in tagging Patrick Kaleta and Shawn Thornton with matching roughing minors and 10-minute misconducts at 18:20 of the third. No reason to allow Kaleta, a player with a history of borderline play, to take runs late in a blowout. Both referees might be tabbed for the Nov. 23 rematch, when the Sabres might make amends. The Sabres could challenge Lucic or take a run at Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask . . . The Bruins, who once had the league’s worst offense, are averaging 3.4 goals per game, third most behind Philadelphia and Washington. During their five-game winning streak, they have outscored opponents, 30-10 . . . The Bruins have a plus-17 goal differential to lead the NHL . . . Yesterday was a rest day for the Bruins. They resume practice at Ristuccia Arena this morning at 10:30. They have the fourth game of their five-game homestand tomorrow night against New Jersey.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.

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