Marchand feels relief after blown chances

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
DETROIT -- No one was happier than Brad Marchand to see Jarome Iginla score the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

Twice in Game 4, Marchand had golden opportunities to score, but each time he missed a wide-open net, Glen Wesley style. Fortunately, the Bruins erased a two-goal deficit before Iginla's winner with 6:28 remaining in OT.

"I think I gave him a huge kiss," Marchand said.

Added Marchand, "I definitely wanted to bury it hard, the second one. The first one I kind of flicked it and missed. I really wanted to bury that second one. Maybe my shot's too hard and I've got to take a little off."

Marchand had a great scoring chance at the 15-minute mark of the first period, but his shot sailed wide. Boston defenseman Kevan Miller controlled the puck at the blue line and made a heads-up pass to Marchand, who was camped out on the back door. Gustavsson reached back with his stick, and even though he didn't get a piece of the puck, it forced Marchand to miss the net.

After Boston tied it at 2-2, Marchand should have given the Bruins the lead midway through the third period, but he missed a wide open net after Torey Krug faked the shot and passed Marchand the puck. Gustavsson was out of the net and Marchand simply shot it wide.

"If we would've lost I would've had a tough night of sleep," Marchand said. "We won and that's all that matters. It's obviously frustrating missing chances like that, we could've finished the game a lot earlier but you just have to stick with it and take the positives out of it. I'm still getting some opportunities so I just got to bear down a little better and bury the next one."

Joe McDonald




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