How Brad Marchand’s handling his gaffe-filled week for Bruins

Matt Kalman
January 17, 2020 - 1:46 pm

Brad Marchand doesn’t seem like the type of guy who will panic, even in a week when he’s made two major gaffes that will be fixtures on those “Weird NHL” videos the league posts on YouTube.

So when the Bruins left wing took to Twitter to vent Friday morning, it seemed like maybe a little pressure was getting to him.

But after practice Friday he assured everyone he’s still in the right frame of mind even after he overskated the puck during a shootout in a 6-5 loss at Philadelphia on Monday and then lost the puck on a shorthanded breakaway in a 4-1 win against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

“You go through stints. I mean a couple plays that roll off your stick, that stuff happens,” Marchand said. “I’m confident enough in my abilities to know that I’m going to make some plays, I’m going to score goals, I’m going to do what I have to do. It’s just funny that it kind of happened back-to-back in the same week. It’s funny. It’s unfortunate but it’s funny. We won the game … we didn’t win the first one, but last night we won. So you’ve got to have fun with it, that’s part of hockey, you’re not going to be perfect every night. And again I’m not concerned about it, I’m not worried about it. You’ve got to have fun.”

Marchand’s been battling the social media beasts since he clinched the Flyers’ win with his error Monday. First he calmly responded to what must’ve been a raft of chirps with a picture of him kissing the Stanley Cup. Then he called some commenter a “peasant” in response to more trash talk.

It’s been a strange season for Marchand, who’s sixth in the NHL in points (64) and fifth in assists (43). His empty-net goal, which was set up by NHL-leading scorer David Pastrnak in the closing seconds against the Penguins, was just Marchand’s third goal in his past 24 games. But he has 17 assists during that span.

Marchand appreciated Pastrnak’s action, even if it could wind up costing the right wing the Maurice Richard Trophy down the road.

Just like he’s not worried about his own misplays, Marchand isn’t concerned about Pastrnak’s pursuit of individual awards.

“Ah, he’ll get his goals, he’ll be all right,” Marchand said.

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