Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Julien sends message to Marchand
By Joe McDonald
NEW YORK -- Bruins coach Claude Julien is trying to help forward Brad Marchand find a consistent level of play.
During the team’s 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Julien moved Marchand to the fourth line and replaced him with Jordan Caron. It wasn’t a permanent move, but Julien was trying to send a message.
Marchand had a terrible turnover early in the third period and that’s something Julien wants the forward to fix.
“[Monday night] he had a hard time along the wall under pressure but that’s something he’s capable of correcting,” Julien said after the team’s optional skate Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden.
Marchand’s play has been inconsistent this season, but prior to Monday’s game he had played well the previous few games.
“He’s improved his game. His skating and making plays is coming along,” Julien said. “He struggled a bit in his own end getting pucks out and that’s just a part of his game, but his game definitely has been getting better. When you compare him to the beginning of the year, he’s heading in the right direction. It’s like anything else; you can’t fix everything all at once and he seems to be a little more in sync with his teammates.”