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Passing along the credit

Seguin helpful to Marchand’s cause

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / December 24, 2011
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Brad Marchand’s first career hat trick last night highlighted the Bruins’ 8-0 win over the Panthers and gave him the team lead with 15 goals. The player he passed, Tyler Seguin, set up Marchand’s final two scores.

“We were on the bench before our shift and Segs was like, ‘Be ready, if I get any pucks in the slot I’m giving it to you,’ ’’ Marchand said. “So when he got it, I knew it was coming over, so I just put it in the open net.’’

Coach Claude Julien said Marchand is balancing his intensity this season.

“The experience is what’s kind of taken over now,’’ Julien said. “I’m not going to hide the fact there are still some things we deal with, on a weekly or daily basis. He’s a real emotional kid, and sometimes he gets all wound up and you’ve got to tone him down a little bit.

“He’s done a good job dealing with that. Whenever he does get wound up, grab him by the shoulder and he kind of gets it now. That’s what makes him a good player - as long he doesn’t cross that line, he’s good at it. He’s got to play with emotion to be successful. He’s learning that more and the experience last year has really helped him.’’

Marchand also had two assists to finish with a career-best 5 points.

He’s on the board

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg finished off the Bruins’ four-goal opening period with his first of the season.

“It’s been bothering him and it’s nice to see him get the monkey off his back,’’ Julien said. “You look back at the playoffs and he could have been in the conversation in the same category as [Conn Smythe winner] Tim [Thomas] was in, he’s such a valuable player for us and he was so good. The only time you see him struggle a little bit is when he’s overthinking, he puts so much pressure on himself. [Last night], he just went out and played, and less thinking got him a goal.’’

Peverley gets a rest

Forward Rich Peverley missed the game with an undisclosed injury, but is expected to return for the Bruins’ next game at Phoenix Wednesday.

Julien said the idea is “to give him a whole week and, hopefully, recover and be in better shape when he gets back.

“He’s only missed one game, and that was the whole plan. Our schedule gets heavy after that, so this was a good time to take that approach.’’

Playing shorthanded

The Bruins have a 20-2-1 record since Nov. 1. During that span, they have an 11-1-1 home record, losing only to Florida, 2-0, on Dec. 8. But the Panthers came into TD Garden last night without Sean Bergenheim, Marcel Goc, Mikael Samuelsson, Jack Skille, Marco Sturm, and Scottie Upshall, and lost Stephen Weiss during a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa Thursday.

“We were ready for a break,’’ Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. “We played hard our last two games, four games, six games. We’ve had a hard schedule and played a lot on the road and we played hard for a majority of those games. [Last night], it was a little bit of summer hockey - no contact.’’

By a wide margin

The Bruins scored their most goals in a regular-season game since Feb. 9, when they beat Montreal, 8-6. They also scored eight against the Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins’ last eight-goal margin of victory came against Columbus (8-0) Feb. 4, 2002. “I think it goes to show we have probably more talent than sometimes people give us credit for,’’ Julien said. “We play a good team game, we create our scoring chances, and right now our guys are scoring some pretty nice goals. When you look at Marchand’s last goal, he made sure he picked the top corner and didn’t just throw it at the net. Our guys are bearing down on the scoring chances and that’s helping us a lot. But, you know, there’s grit, a good element of grit, speed, and skill in our game and that’s what makes us a decent team.’’ . . . The Bruins assigned forward Jordan Caron to Providence of the AHL.

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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