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Forgettable Start to West Coast Trip for Boston Bruins and Brad Marchand

Key Penalty on Bruins Forward Halts Momentum

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COMMENTARY | To say Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has experienced better days would be an understatement. Marchand found himself at the center of attention in both the first and third periods Tuesday night inside the Honda Center as the Bruins fell to Anaheim 5-2.

Patrice Bergeron placed the puck on the tape of Marchand's stick late in the first period, but the Bruins forward was stoned by Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller as the game remained scoreless. It was one of 16 first period shots on goals by the Bruins and arguably their best look from the left dot.

Adding insult to injury Marchand would later be whistled for an interference penalty in the third period just seconds after the Bruins went on the power play, trailing 3-2. The Bruins failed to score skating 4-on-4 and the Ducks made them pay with their third power play goal of the game once they gained full strength from the original penalty.

Marchand was placed in the box when he "kicked" Daniel Winnek's stick away.

"We got ourselves back in the game," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "It's a 3-2 hockey game, you have a power play then you get a call like that against you. It's mind boggling sometimes."

In typical Julien fashion he did not bother to shy away from continuing his thoughts on the call.

"We could have tied that game," the Bruins bench boss said. "It's not like he pushed it (Winnek's stick), he was skating backwards. I think it was based on reputation, simple as that."

Marchand's pivotal penalty was called at the 12:35 mark, just 28 seconds after the Ducks Saku Koivu was whistled for a high-sticking penalty on Torey Krug. Nick Bonino shattered the Bruins hope of a comeback with the power play goal just 16 seconds after Koivu returned to the ice.

The three power play goals scored by the Ducks happened in a span of 1:38 on the man advantage. Anaheim entered the game with just one successful power play in its last 32 opportunities over the last 10 games.

The Bruins have now surrendered seven power play goals in their last four games.

After falling behind 3-0 in the second period, the Bruins received a late second period score from Daniel Paille before Dougie Hamilton's fourth goal of the season at the 12:41 mark of the third drew the Bruins to within 3-2.

"We battled right till the end," Julien closed. "Again I wish we would have had a better chance at tying that game up."

On a day where Marchand also learned he did not make the cut for Team Canada in next months' Sochi Olympic Games, I am sure he wishes the same.

SOURCE: Quotes gathered from the Boston Bruins media website.

Travis David is a freelance sports reporter and a credentialed member of the Boston Bruins media website. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.

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