Marchand, Subban Square Off

The Boston Bruins fell by a 2-1 score to their bitter rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, on Thursday night at the TD Garden. Even though the Bruins failed to capitalize on many scoring opportunities, forward Brad Marchand gave the crowd something to cheer about midway through the game with his fight against PK Subban.

Before finally being able to go toe-to-toe with each other, both PK Subban and Brad Marchand had tried to fight two times previously (both being sent to the box first for holding and then a delay of game) before finally letting the punches fly late in the second period.

“I think it all started off the draw,” said Marchand, “he kind of gave me a little shot with his elbow and then I grabbed him and he grabbed me. And I thought he wanted to go then so I dropped my gloves. But when we were in the box he asked me to go and I said no. And then back in the second time he asked me again, and I couldn’t say no. So it was nice to get it out of the way.”

Both Subban and Marchand are known throughout the league as agitators, and the two squared off in a fight that was one of the more entertaining parts of the second period.

“We both like to aggravate the opponent,” said Marchand after the game, “and he just kind of gave me a shot, and that stuff happens. We’re both out there, we’re both emotional guys. And in a game like this we want to get our teams going and that’s the way to do it.”

The fight did get the fans back into the game after Erik Cole had scored earlier in the period. However, unfortunately for the Bruins, it didn’t spark the rally that they were hoping for. Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec ended up scoring the next goal, which turned out to be the game winner and deflated the Bruin’s momentum.

This season, the  Bruins’ offense has a tendency to squandering chances of winning when they have failed to score during very close and well goal-tended games. These same type of offensive woes continued during Thursday night’s game, causing the Bruins to lose their third straight game, as well as their seventh loss this month.

“I think we’re getting opportunities,” said Marchand, “we’re just not burying them. We had a lot of good chances tonight, and we either missed or hit a couple posts or whatnot. So we just have to bear down.”

Unfortunately, poor play at the beginning of the season has the defending Stanley Cup Champions seated at the bottom of their division.

“Not really,” said Marchand on whether he thought the B’s would be seated in last place, “but it’s a different year and we can’t base this season on last year and what happened. It’s a whole new year, a whole new situation and we just have to work on what’s happening in the room and hopefully build ourselves out of that hole .”

Other Key Notes From Thursday’s Game:

  • Milan Lucic continues to be rather quite on the ice, despite bringing a little physicality to the game, Lucic continued his lack-luster performance finishing off the night with a -1 rating. His former linemate Nathan Horton didn’t fare to well either, missing two scoring opportunities in the second period. Both players have a combined total of four goals so far this season.
  • The Bruins’ power-play, which has been struggling the past two seasons, was the source of the only Bruin goal of the night.  Patrice Bergeron was credited with the goal at 14:05 in the first period, but it had much to do with the mishandling of the puck by Habs’ goalie Carey Price. The puck was turned over in the Montreal end right after a face-off, and Price lost it somewhere between his stick and his skate. Fortunately for the Bruins, the puck slid between Price’s legs and that gave them what would be their first and only goal of the night.
  • Despite the loss, Tim Thomas had a fantastic game, including a huge save to rob Mike Cammalleri in the second period.  “I think I was able to get into a pretty good rhythm,” said Thomas, “considering the way that they started off slow and didn’t get a lot of shots on me. I felt I had a pretty good feel for the rhythm of the game.
  • The Bruins’ will look to snap their three game losing streak during their next game on November 1st against the Ottawa Senators.
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