Sunday, May 12, 2013
Seguin, Marchand know they must improve
By Joe McDonald
TORONTO -- Boston Bruins linemates Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand know they need to be better, much better, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
Seguin remains without a point and Marchand has only two assists in the first five games. Center Patrice Bergeron, who is still one of the best players on the ice, has one goal and one assist.
“We obviously know how we’re playing and how much more we want to bring to the table. It’s about being accountable right now,” Seguin said after the team’s morning skate at ACC.
Boston’s second line was its most consistent during the entire season, but Seguin and Marchand have not made the same kind of contributions in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bruins coach Claude Julien has said as much himself and would like to see Marchand and Seguin do more in other aspects of the game too.
“I think we’ve had plenty of opportunities throughout the series to score goals, especially early on the first few games we felt good and we were creating a lot, but they weren’t going in,” Marchand said. “We had a goal called back and hit a few crossbars, but at some point you do have to find a way to score goals. It’s something we haven’t done yet, but hopefully if we do everything right tonight hopefully we’ll get some bounces.
“You just have to dig down, especially against their goalie [James Reimer], he’s very good and very good in close. He’s a big guy and closes off the net very well, so we have to make sure to sometimes hold it for an extra second, make him move, make him get down and open something up, so maybe something like that. We’ll take whatever we can get.”
Boston’s top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has dominated in this series, totaling 23 points. Krejci has five goals and six assists, but Friday in Game 5, the Maple Leafs were able to shut them down.
“[Toronto] should be proud for shutting down the Krejci line, but I can tell you that it was the least effective game they’ve played and it was a lot of their own doing,” Julien said. “That’s been addressed and they’ve been a good line for us and certainly weren’t the same line they have been for us. They know they can be better and we expect them to be that tonight.”