Marchand steps up vs. Rangers after post-season slump
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Bruins bested the Rangers Thursday night in overtime thanks to Brad Marchand, who has been struggling to score in the playoffs until Game 1 against New York.
Marchand could hardly have picked a better time to break out of his 10-game scoring slump, netting the overtime winner.
“It’s nice to finally get one in,” said Marchand. “Hopefully they keep coming.”
Marchand was one of the biggest heroes of the Bruins' Stanley Cup run two years ago. Head Coach Claude Julien says that's the player he saw on the ice Thursday night.
“Brad personally, I thought that was one of his better games so far in the playoffs,” said Julien. “Skated well, made some great plays, took the pucks to the net. And that’s the Brad Marchand that we know.”
Give an extra assist on Marchand's goal to a teammate from the 2011 Stanley Cup team. Marchand says before Thursday’s game, Mark Recchi texted him and told him to keep playing his game and not to worry.
The retired Recchi has texted other players and they say they're not surprised it may have helped.
“To have a player like that text you and then respond is something that -- I guess it’s a unique story, but he’s a guy that I think fully supports his team still and really has good connections and bonds with a lot of guys,” said Gregory Campbell.
Recchi not only texts, he also tweets. 7News reached out on Twitter to ask Recchi what “magic words” he texted Marchand and he tweeted back, “Just a friend texting a great friend and teammate.”