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Brad Marchand on OMF: Outside noise 'means absolutely nothing' in Game 7

Michael Lowther
April 24, 2018 - 3:15 pm

After dropping a 3-1 decision in Toronto on Monday, the Bruins will host a decisive Game 7 at TD Garden Wednesday night.

Bruins star forward Brad Marchand joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the importance of tuning out the past as well as the outside noise and focusing solely on Game 7. To listen to the full interview, visit the OMF audio on demand page.

“It doesn’t matter what’s happened in any other game,” Marchand said. "It doesn’t matter if it’s Game 1 or Game 6, it has no bearing on tomorrow. We are going be ready to go tomorrow. We are going to be ready to match them all over the ice, power play, penalty kill, 5-on-5. But again, it doesn’t matter what’s happened all year long or in the series, it’s done."

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen has been hot this series, shutting down much of the key opportunities to come his way. But Marchand does not plan on changing his mentality heading into Game 7.

“When a goalie is hot like that sometimes you need to move it around him,” Marchand said. “He’s made a lot of really good saves the past few games. But we’ve had a lot of good looks and hopefully it goes a little bit better tomorrow. Maybe keeping it simple is the right play at times but there’s other times where you have to move around him.”

As far as the outside noise claiming that Toronto has all of the momentum, or that the Bruins are on the verge of choking, Marchand said he and his teammates aren't listening to any of it.

“It’s all outside noise,” Marchand said. “I mean, I’d love to hear who's saying that because I can guarantee it’s not their coach and players and I can guarantee it’s not our coach and players. If it’s media persona, it means absolutely nothing. It’s all about how we play tomorrow. It’s all about how they play tomorrow and how that goes. It’s one game, do-or-die and I’m sure everyone’s going to be excited.”