VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Twenty-one goals during the regular season. Eleven more in the postseason. And two, including the empty-net punctuation mark, in the Bruins' Stanley Cup-clinching 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the final.
Not a bad rookie season, eh, Brad Marchand?
"I can't believe this has happened," said the relentless 23-year-old forward, who scored the crucial second goal in the second period tonight as well as an empty-netter with 2:45 remaining. "I just wanted to make the team in camp. But it got better and better as the year went on."
Marchand earned the wrath of coach Claude Julien and his veteran teammates such as Mark Recchi during the season when his feisty play took a turn toward undisciplined. While he had his chippy moments in this series, he said he feels like he's been rewarded for playing under more control.
“Yeah, I made a point to try to stay disciplined, to focus and win the game and play our best, and it worked," he said.
Marchand said the Bruins are looking forward to celebrating the victory back in Boston.
”It would have been nice to win it at home, but we had to win it here, and we’ll get our chance to celebrate at home,” Marchand said. “We won the Stanley Cup. Our families are here. Doesn’t matter where it happens. We won it. We won the Cup. You can't top it."
But in the celebratory aftermath, he already had a good idea how to at least match it.
“You always want to win it again," said the rookie. "You want to win it every year.”