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Julien: Marchand deserved the fine

Although he took his lumps (from Slava Voynov), Brad Marchand scored twice. Although he took his lumps (from Slava Voynov), Brad Marchand scored twice. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
By Kevin Paul Dupont
Globe Staff / December 14, 2011
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Winger Brad Marchand was forced to reach into his pocket Monday when the league assessed him a $2,500 fine for slew-footing Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen during Boston’s 3-1 win last week at the CONSOL Energy Center.

All that was news to Bruins coach Claude Julien yesterday, and the play-it-by-the-rulebook coach denounced the play by the 23-year-old Marchand.

“When it happened I addressed it right after the period,’’ said Julien. “There’s certain things that we all can deal with . . . but slew-footing is certainly not something that I like to see. Whether it’s for or against us, if he’s going to be doing that then he’s going to be fined. He’s deserving of it and he has to own up to his mistakes.’’

Julien likes Marchand to be irascible out there, but he has warned him repeatedly about also being wise about his approach.

“I want him to be a good brat, not a bad brat,’’ said Julien, revealing what he has said in some of his one-on-one discussions with Marchand. “That means don’t cross the line, and I thought he did [in Pittsburgh].’’

How did Marchand respond?

According to Julien, Marchand told him, “ ‘I thought I was going to get away with it.’ But that’s not what you want to see from your players.’’

Marchand, now with 11 goals and 22 points in 29 games, was back at his familiar left wing spot last night with Patrice Bergeron at center and Tyler Seguin on right wing.

Chara on board

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who missed only 12 regular-season games in his first five seasons on Causeway Street, was sidelined last night after suffering what is believed to be a minor knee injury Saturday night in Columbus.

However, Chara traveled with the team for tonight’s game in Ottawa.

Checking line center Greg Campbell also was scratched from the lineup for the first time this season. Julien said Campbell, who has a cracked bone in his foot, will not make the trip.

Steven Kampfer moved in for Chara, pairing most of the time with Adam McQuaid and finished with 10:04 in ice time. Up front, Zach Hamill centered the fourth line with Daniel Paille on his left and Shawn Thornton on his right. Jordan Caron had the night off. With Chara out, Dennis Seidenberg led everyone in ice time (27:05), followed by Andrew Ference (24:42) and Johnny Boychuk (22:38).

Paille suffered what was reported as a slight concussion Thursday night against the Panthers, but he underwent neurological tests Monday and was given the medical OK to play.

Light workload

The Bruins are now in a stretch where they will play only seven games over 24 days, very light lifting by NHL standards. Their only remaining games at the Garden in this calendar year include visits by the Habs Monday and much-improved Panthers a week from Friday . . . NHL statistical oddity: as of yesterday morning, the Wild held the No. 1 spot in the league’s overall standings but rated dead last for average number of shots per game (25.8). The Bruins, averaging 33.2 shots per game, ranked fifth overall . . . Julien, when asked what kind of bite $2,500 would have taken out of his paycheck back in the day when he was a minor league defenseman: “That would have been my yearly salary. I didn’t even get that as a signing bonus.’’ . . . Peverley’s goal was his first since Nov. 12 and only his second since Oct. 18 . . . Neither first-line center David Krejci nor Hamill landed a shot on net. Top-line wingers Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton each had only one shot on net . . . The Kings outhit the Bruins, 28-18 . . . Seguin finished plus-2, adding to his NHL lead . . . With Chara sidelined, no one wore the captain’s ‘C’.

Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.

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