Brad Marchand LW BOS 8 Hrs

Marchand scored his first goal of the season in a 5-3 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday.

Coach Claude Julien indicated in the preseason that Marchand could see increased action on the power play, a move that paid off Tuesday as his goal came on the man advantage. He logged 16:50 worth of ice time, and now has points in three of the Bruins' last four games after being held off the score sheet in their first four contests.

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Marchand notched a goal and an assist in 19:17 worth of ice time in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Islanders.

Meanwhile, Marchand (who averaged less than half a minute of power play time in 2013-14) saw 3:21 worth of man-advantage action Tuesday, a trend that could potentially extend into the regular season, reports. "It's certainly a possibility," coach Claude Julien said with regard to Marchand seeing added power play duty in 2014-15. "He's a better player this year already than he was all of last year." On heels of a season in which he recorded 25 goals and 53 points in 82 games, while seeing limited power play ice time, any sort of uptick on that front would bode well for the winger's chances of seeing increased production this year.

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Marchand, who focused on his conditioning during the offseason, has looked sharp early on in training camp, the Boston Herald reports.

Marchand notes, "I just feel like I'm quicker and I can go to areas a little faster...I feel like I can control the puck a little easier than I could last year. I'm not getting knocked off (the puck). Those were a couple of big issues I had." For his part, GM Peter Chiarelli has been impressed by what he's seen from the feisty winger thus far, indicating that Marchand has "been real good. For a guy that scored 20-plus goals last year and we're telling him it's a bad year � I think [if] he keeps that up, he's going to have a good year." While playing all 82 games last season, Marchand recorded 25 goals and 53 points for the Bruins, numbers he could easily top this season, health permitting, while presumably skating on a line with center Patrice Bergeron and restricted free agent Reilly Smith (once he rejoins the team).

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Brad Marchand was asked to name the NHL player that irritates him the most and he didn't need time to come up with his answer.

"Tomas Plekanec from Montreal.I hate him," Marchand said. "I can't stand him. No, I probably shouldn't say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow." The rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens is always heated, but tensions are particularly high after Montreal edged out Boston in seven games in the second round of the 2014 playoffs.

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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli shot down rumors that the Bruins were looking to trade Brad Marchand.

Chiarelli said that he doesn't have plans to trade Marchand and specifically shot down a rumor that he would be part of a trade to bring San Jose's Patrick Marleau to Boston. The Bruins are in a difficult cap situation and moving Marchand's $4.5 million annual salary would be useful to them for that reason. Teams usually don't disclose their plans to trade a player before it happens, so we recommend taking Chiarelli's denials with a grain of salt.

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The Boston Bruins might shop Brad Marchand over the summer.

Boston is in a rough position from a salary cap perspective and unloading Marchand's $4.5 million annual cap hit would go a long way towards fixing that. He's coming off of a solid season where he scored 25 goals and 53 points in 82 games despite a slow start, but he wasn't able to find the back of the net in the playoffs.

Brad Marchand LW BOS 5 Months

Brad Marchand lamented his missed opportunities after Boston was eliminated from the postseason on Wednesday night.

"It's very tough. I think the opportunities were there," he said. "Every game I had opportunities, but sometimes they go in, sometimes they didn't. Maybe it was a lack of focus or I didn't bear down enough, but I didn't come up big when the team needed me and (it's) very frustrating." Marchand had no goals and five assists in 12 games in the playoffs. He had some difficulty getting going in the regular season as well before finishing with 25 goals and 53 points in 82 matches.

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Brad Marchand is still looking for his first goal of the 2014 postseason.

He has 26 shots and no goals to show for them thus far. He has contributed five assists in 11 contests. Marchand will try to end his slump in Game 7 on Wednesday night back in Boston.

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As expected, Brad Marchand dressed in Game 1 versus Montreal on Thursday.

He opted to sit out the team's morning skate, with what is believed to be an illness, but was fine to play when the second round began with a 4-3 double overtime loss. Marchand earned two assists in the match after going five straight games without a point in Round 1 against Detroit. He also had three shots and five hits on Thursday night.

Brad Marchand LW BOS 6 Months

Brad Marchand didn't take part in Thursday's optional morning skate.

Daniel Paille took Marchand's place on the second line, as he did during Tuesday's session. Marchand is believed to be dealing with an illness, but he practiced on Wednesday. Coach Claude Julien didn't say what Marchand's status was, but we going to believe that he plays Thursday night.