A frustrated Brad Marchand was one of several Bruins who had a disappointing series against the Canadiens. After the Game 7 loss, he spoke about the frustration and says a loss of focus was one of the contributing factors in the outcome.
“It’s always tough when you don’t start with the lead and the few games they got a lucky one earlier, a goal early, and were able to maintain the lead,” Marchand said. “Like I said, it’s tough playing from behind and trying to play catch up hockey. They played well.”
Marchand was asked if the top players not producing enough was a factor in the playoffs.
“I think so,” he said. “Speaking for myself, I didn’t play the way I know I can and didn’t capitalize. Even tonight early on I had a chance there to tie it up 1-1 and it would have been a completely different game. So, in playoffs though, you need everyone to win and it’s tough.”
Marchand said a lack of focus was one of the reasons for the poor results, and spoke about why he might not have been as focused as he needed to be.
“Sometimes you just get comfortable or complacent and you think when you’re in a situation where you have an open net or what not –you expect it to go in,” Marchand said. “You can get, you can take a little off – expecting that to happen and you don’t bear down. I think sometimes maybe focusing too much on other stuff and being chippy and not just playing the game. It just didn’t come together.”
Marchand was asked why the Bruins seemed to be playing out of sync at the start of the first period, despite having experience in Game 7s.
“We’ve got a lot of experience, but we’ve also got a lot of young guys,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s always a little nerve wracking stepping into a Game Seven and with the amount of pressure we had on our team, it can just give you a little bit of jitters. But I think we calmed down, played well, after that. We just couldn’t bear [down].”
Marchand spoke about two penalties called on him tonight, one which appeared to show he was pushed into goaltender Carey Price, but was nabbed for interference.
“I didn’t know they were calling a penalty on either one, but that’s how it goes,” he said. “Once they make a call they can’t take it back so you’ve just got to let it go…
“I had no idea they were even calling that. Definitely frustrating. Even the first one, getting cross-checked in the head and taking out Carey [Price]. It’s tough, but you’ve got to play through it and the guys did a great job of killing it off. We got back to work.”
Marchand admitted the Bruins struggled early in the game, but couldn’t say when the game got away from them tonight.
“It’s tough. I think we played really well all game, after the first ten minutes,” he said. “But, Carey [Price] played really well; he made a lot of really big saves at the right time and we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. It’s tough to say when it really got away from us. I mean, it’s always tough when they get that third goal there, but it was a hard fought battle.”
Marchand spoke about the emotions of the team after seeing the season end on their home ice.
“It’s tough. A lot of mixed emotions,” he said. “I think it’s very disappointing to lose any round, but in a situation like this when you have such a good team, we finished first in the league, and a lot of high expectations on our team and amongst the guys. You’re never satisfied in playoffs unless you win and you go all the way and only one team can do that. It’s tough every year, especially when you finish first in the league – a lot of teams come at you hard and it’s tough to play in that situation. But, we didn’t play our best hockey at the right time and that’s what you need to do in playoffs. You need to play your best hockey of the season in playoff time and we didn’t do that.”