The Bruins won their first round series with the Red Wings with goals scored by a dozen different players, but one skater who was curiously off the score sheet was second line left wing Brad Marchand.
Marchand had several missed chances in the series, including two open net misses in Game 4, and he finished the five game series tallying no points on 11 shots and eight penalty minutes.
Marchand was able to shrug off his Game 4 misses after Jarome Iginla won the game in overtime, but he continued to be snakebitten in Game 5, appearing frustrated at times and took two bad penalties, including a roughing minor against Henrik Zetterberg with the Bruins holding a 3-1 lead with 7:18 to play in the game.
After getting off to a slow start in 2013-14, Marchand regained his scoring touch and tallied 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points on the season, but has yet to score in the playoffs.
The Bruins will face the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the playoffs, a series that should rekindle the rivalry not just with the B’s and Habs, but with Marchand and Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who have become enemies of sorts in their brief NHL careers.
A heated series against the Habs could be just the spark that Marchand needs to get back on the score sheet, and the Bruins will need to contain Montreal’s speed if they hope to advance past their rivals from the north and reach the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in four seasons.