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After the disappointing series loss to the Canadiens, I was trying to figure out how did the Bruins collapse? Was it the lack of production of the first line? Was it the loss of Dennis Seidenberg and the Bruins could not replace him correctly? While these questions did signify a mistake the players and management made, there is one glaring issue I have with the series. Brad Marshmallow Marchand missed key goal-scoring opportunities in golden situations to put the Boston on the board.
In the past three regular seasons, Marchand has an average of 23.6 goals a season.
Marchand has been the one of the Bruins’ best goal scorers. The aptly named Noseface Killa is on the Bruins’ squad for two reasons: to make the other team angry enough to take penalties and to score goals. Marchand was too focused on the former, and acted like a complete jackass. For example, he was favoring the wrong leg after a hit from Detroit’s Brenden Smith. Marchand needed to get his head on straight, and focus on his gameplay. So, it sounds like he did not do so well in the scoring department, but what kind of numbers did the Little Ball of Hate finish his postseason with?
Marchand finished off his 2014 postseason with 5 assists and ZERO goals. Yes, you are reading that correctly, Marchand had no goals this postseason. This all-telling statistic is absolutely ridiculous for how talented he is. Now, you might be saying he did not have good chances, and Krejci had no goals either so he deserves some of the blame. Firstly, Krejci’s role on the team is to set the play and get assists. While, Krejci should have been much better and deserves to be ridiculed, Marchand has no excuse at all for his lack of production. Marchand missed the entire net, as Carey Price was nowhere to be found in Game 3. Next, Marchand completely missed the net, when he was right in front of the net and Price was sprawling on the ice in Game f****** 7!
Ultimately, if Marchand does not grow up and start putting the puck in the back of the net, his time in Boston will come to a screeching halt. There were already talks last offseason to trade Marchand, and I am sure the Bruins will be hearing offers this offseason as well. Do not get me wrong; when Marchand performs I love his play. He gets the Bruins powerplays and scores goals. However, when he plays stupid, I want to rip the playoff beard out of my face.