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2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

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Updated: July 25, 2013 6:39AM



BOSTON — Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s postseason hands started cold, then got hot and now are frigid again.

But he says his current slump — no points in five games in the Stanley Cup
Final against the Blackhawks — is different from when he had no goals and three assists in the Bruins’ first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

‘‘I mean, pucks aren’t finding their way into the net and I’m not making many plays,’’ Marchand said Sunday. ‘‘So I just have to be better.’’

Marchand’s struggles continued Saturday in Game 5.
He put only one shot on Hawks goalie Corey Crawford in the Bruins’ 3-1 loss that put them behind 3-2 in the series.

Back in the series against the Maple Leafs, Marchand said he was having a crisis of confidence. He picked up his play toward the end of that series and assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s series-winning goal.

That confidence kept rolling through the next two rounds. He torched the New York Rangers for two goals and six points in five games in the second round, then clobbered the Pittsburgh Penguins with two goals in Game 2 of the Bruins’ four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals.

Coach Claude Julien said he would like to see Marchand improve in time to help keep the Bruins’ season alive. After all, Marchand was one of the Bruins’ go-to scorers, with 18 goals in 45 regular-season games.

‘‘Well, if he’s going to be a streaky player, I would hope that streak starts [in Game 6
on Monday],’’ Julien said. ‘‘I don’t think he’s played terrible, but certainly he knows he can be better. And a lot of our guys do, too. We all need to be better in order to get ourselves back into this
series. And we feel confident that we can.’’

‘‘You go through bumps along the way and fight through it, and you just have to look at the other team. They have guys that hadn’t produced [Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews], and they started producing. So if we can do the same thing, then we’re going to get ourselves back into it.’’



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