Monday, March 21, 2011
Marchand completes suspension
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After completing his two-game suspension, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is expected to be back in the lineup against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at TD Garden.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Marchand said. “It’s tough when you’ve got to sit out and watch a couple of games, especially given the circumstance. I can’t wait to get back and get into a game.”
He was suspended for his elbow to the head of Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger last week in Columbus, but Marchand said he doesn’t plan on changing his style of play.
“Stuff like that happens in the game of hockey,” he said. “It’s always going to be there. There will always be plays that happen so quick that sometimes that stuff happens. I’m not going to change my game, it’s what got me here and allowed me to stay here. I’m going to play the same way.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said he trusts Marchand and expects him to contribute.
“You hope the player learns from it,” Julien said. “You have to respect what the league is trying to do and not be hypocritical. We looked at the play with him a few times and made sure he saw what had happened there, so he could understand it.
Hopefully he learns from it and is a little more careful in regards to those head hits. We don’t think there’s any need for it in the game, so we all have to be aware of that. If we’re going to clean it up as coaches, you’ve got to be supportive of it and you’ve got to help those players through that as well.”
During Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, Marchand was back on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. Michael Ryder, who played on that line during Marchand’s absence, also had a gold sweater on for practice. Julien said his lineup would be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
“That’s part of the process and we’ve got some healthy defensemen now, and we’ve got 13 forwards. There’s going to be decision made from here on in as long as everyone stays healthy,” Julien said. “