Bruins’ pest Brad Marchand not living up to rep
BY MARK POTASH email@example.com June 17, 2013 11:46PM
BOSTON — Is Bruins instigator Brad Marchand getting to the Blackhawks yet?
‘‘I’m not going to comment on that. Just let it be,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said Monday prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.
But when the subject is Marchand, even Toews can’t help himself.
‘‘He’s doing his job,’’ Toews continued, barely missing a beat. ‘‘We know the style of hockey he wants to play. We’re not going to get into the antics and the things he wants to pull on us out there. [That’s] the best way to control a player like that.’’
The pesky Marchand was the least of the Hawks’ worries heading into Game 3. Though the instigating in most playoff series picks up as the series progresses, neither Marchand nor the Hawks’ Andrew Shaw and Dave Bolland had been much more than minor irritants in the first two games of the Final. But this time during the Western Conference final, Bolland already had knocked the Kings’ Mike Richards out with concussion symptoms.
Marchand has played his role, but he’s interested in playing hockey as well. He had no points in the first two games of the Final, but also no penalty minutes. But he came into the series with four goals and 13 points — and 16 penalty minutes.
He knows the Final — which already has produced two overtime games — is not the time to be overdo things. He knows his team has its hands full with the Blackhawks.
‘‘They are a great team,’’ he said. ‘‘They come with a ton of speed, which is always tough to play against. They don’t just throw pucks away. Every time they have the puck they make a play, which makes it tough out there.
‘‘I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed. They don’t ever seem to throw pucks away. Everything is right on the tape and, if they don’t have anything, they just swing back.’’
Despite his reputation as an instigator, Marchand feels he knows the fine line between being a pest and playing dirty.
‘‘When you’re getting suspensions and stuff like that, that’s dirty,’’ he said. ‘‘You can play hard [and] a lot of things happen during the game. I don’t think anyone’s out there trying to injury guys.’’