Boston Bruins

Marchand knows he ‘can’t be doing stuff like’ he did last time in Vancouver


The Boston Bruins may be in Vancouver to play the Canucks tonight, but it doesn’t sound like Brad Marchand will be mock-raising the Stanley Cup as part of the festivities.

Marchand, of course, did exactly that the last time the B’s visited Rogers Arena, his antics drawing the ire of both Boston GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien.

In hindsight, Marchand recognizes his actions weren’t the best idea.

“At the time, I felt I wanted to do it and, looking back, I probably shouldn’t have,” he said, per the Vancouver Sun.

“That was just an immature situation that I put myself in and the biggest thing is they want me to be more responsible with my actions. The only thing that might be different is I know I can’t be doing stuff like that.”

To be fair to Marchand, he was one of the few B’s who played well in that game, which Vancouver ended up winning, 6-2.

As for tonight’s contest, Milan Lucic put it this way: “If people want to look at that (2011 final) and kind of create more excitement for the game, that’s great. But at the end of the day, just because of where both teams are in the standings, I think both teams are more focused on getting that win.”

Related: There’s ‘a lot of negativity in the room’ as Bruins kick off five-game trip

Stars’ Roussel on suspension: ‘I have to take care of my stick’


Antoine Roussel will miss tonight’s Dallas Stars’ game against the Florida Panthers serving the first of his two-game suspension.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety suspended Roussel for his crosscheck to the neck of Bruins’ defenseman Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night.

Roussel received a major penalty for cross checking and a game misconduct on the play.

“Of course, I have to take care of my stick,” Roussel told The Dallas Morning News. “I am just trying to protect myself. I didn’t want to fight.

“I blocked two shots before that with my right hand. My hand was numb, and I didn’t want to fight. … I tried to defend myself, and I am glad he didn’t get hurt.”

Roussel is eligible to return to the Stars’ lineup on Tuesday when Dallas visits St. Louis.

Roussel suspended two games for ‘proactive, not reactive’ cross check on McQuaid


Dallas forward Antoine Roussel has been suspended two games for cross-checking Boston’s Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night, the NHL announced.

“Roussel’s cross-check can neither be classified as reflexive nor defensive. The players square off and face each other well in advance of Roussel’s stick striking McQuaid, and Roussel can see that McQuaid has dropped his stick,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “What’s more, rather than simply raising his stick to block an anticipated blow from McQuaid, Roussel drives it forward and into McQuaid.

“This action is proactive, not reactive.”

The full video explanation:

As the video shows, Roussel’s history as a repeat offender played a role in this punishment. He was fined by the Department of Player Safety earlier this season for sucker-punching San Jose defenseman Justin Braun.

As a result of the suspension, Roussel will miss Dallas’ next two games — tonight versus Florida, Saturday in Colorado — and eligible to return for a Feb. 17 date in St. Louis against the Blues. He will also forfeit $21,505.38 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

There’s ‘a lot of negativity in the room’ as Bruins kick off five-game trip


With three regulation defeats in their last four, including last night’s 5-3 home loss to Dallas, “negativity” has crept back into the Boston Bruins’ mindset — just in time for a five-game road trip that starts Friday in Vancouver, before stops in Calgary, Edmonton, St. Louis and Chicago.

“You’re feeling so good, and everything is positive, and it kind of all goes the other way again… a lot of negativity in the room, I guess, this last weekend,” said d-man Dougie Hamilton, per CSN New England. “That’s what happens when you’re losing, and we have to find a way to change that obviously on this road trip.”

Not even two weeks ago, the B’s were ending the month of January on an 8-1-1 run. At the time, they had themselves a comfortable nine-point playoff cushion.

Today, that cushion has dwindled to just four points over the Florida Panthers, who also hold two games in hand.

“It is disappointing,” captain Zdeno Chara said after the Stars game, in which the B’s surrendered two short-handed goals and went 0-for-3 on the power play.

“We know that it was our last game for a while at home and now we have a long road trip.”

Stars’ Roussel to have disciplinary hearing for cross checking major


Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Thursday.

Roussel was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins after he threw a vicious cross check on defenseman Adam McQuaid less than four minutes into the opening period.

source:  Earlier this season, Roussel was handed the maximum fine for a sucker punch on Justin Braun. He’s gained a reputation in the NHL since coming into the league two years ago, although he admitted in November he doesn’t care about that.