April 18, 2017
Brad Marchand knows he needs to be better if the Boston Bruins want to advance out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins leading scorer in the regular season had the game winning goal in Game 1 versus the Ottawa Senators, but did not have a point in both of their losses since then.
“The big thing is just try and push through it. I would say I have to be better; I haven’t been at my best so far, but guys have done a really good job of stepping up,” Marchand said after last night’s 4-3 overtime loss, per CSNNE. “Every night we have four lines going and that’s what we need.”
Marchand only has five shots on goal through the first three games of the postseason. He scored on his only shot in Game 1, had three shots on goal in Game 2 and just one in Game 3. An even more disturbing stat is that Marchand has just 10 shot attempts in the series so far.
“He was the difference in the game, so March can create a little more out there, and he will,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We’ll talk to him tomorrow about it, but at the end of the day, that’s what happens when you’re an elite player. You’re going to get marked, and you’ve got to find your way through the checking part of the game, because they’ve got a number of guys. They’re a good defensive team. It’s not like one guy is all over him, it’s just, he’s one of the guys you circle on the board.”
If the Bruins are to comeback in this series, Marchand will need to find a way to produce more offense by shooting more.