Brad Marchand echoes Tom Brady, says he thinks about 2013 Cup loss more than 2011 win

Scott McLaughlin
May 26, 2019 - 2:25 pm
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Brad Marchand said at Sunday's Stanley Cup Media Day that he doesn't think about the possible Red Sox-Patriots-Bruins three-peat his team could complete because "baseball and football have nothing to do with our series."

But Marchand did inadvertently echo Tom Brady in one respect. When asked if he's more motivated by wanting to feel like he did after the Bruins won the Cup in 2011, or not wanting to feel like he did after losing to the Blackhawks in the 2013 Final, the forward acknowledged he thinks about the loss more.

"You can draw from both," Marchand said. "It was so sweet to win, but it hurts to lose. That was devastating. It still hurts to this day. I probably look back more on the loss and what I'd do differently than the win. That's something when you lose something like this, you work that hard, it never leaves you. Hopefully we don't feel that again.

"It hurts to lose. You're so close. It's a matter of inches, one play that could separate a winning team from a losing team. When you're that close and you watch another team celebrate and it should be you, it's a tough pill to swallow."

Brady has said similar things throughout his career, about how much his three Super Bowl losses sting despite now having six rings.

"All these losses are tough," Brady said on Mut & Callahan in January in the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII against the Rams. "Every one that you have you remember forever. ... If you get to this game and you don’t perform to your best and you don’t perform well enough to win, you just kick yourself for the rest of your life. I don’t think anyone wants to go through that."

Being motivated by losses has certainly served Brady well, and it could provide an extra edge for Marchand and the other four Bruins (Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask) who experience both the '11 win and the '13 loss.

- Marchand also confirmed on Sunday that he's just fine after appearing to hurt his hand or wrist during Thursday night's scrimmage. He went on to joke that he's just been trying to get out of practice.

"You just want to play this time of year," Marchand said. "Nobody wants to practice. Guys just want to play. ... This time of year no one needs to practice, no one wants to practice. You want to play the games."

- An entertaining off-the-beaten-path Media Day moment came when Marchand was asked which Game of Thrones character he'd be. His first answer was Cersei, showing an obvious embrace of the villain reputation he has around the league. But after considering Jake DeBrusk saying Patrice Bergeron was Jon Snow, Marchand noted that must make him Jon's dog, Ghost, his trustworthy companion and protector.

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