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There it was, in one quote by Brad Marchand: The Canadiens are “one of those teams you want to hit.”
The Bruins certainly did that in Monday night’s 2-1 shootout loss at the Garden, taking too many penalties in the first two periods and being too undisciplined against their rivals, though in the end that wasn’t why they lost.
“We knew that going into the game,” Marchand said. “We knew that was going to happen. We knew they were going to do that. But still got the better of us tonight in that aspect of the game. We’ve got to be better in that area.”
As coach Claude Julien said, “That’s not why we lost. But I think we have to be better disciplined against them.”