Brad Marchand has been called a lot of things in his brief NHL career.

Antagonizer. Spark plug. Skillful finisher. Intense.

But the one thing he maintains is he plays within the rules. He doesn’t, for a second, consider himself a dirty player. The “dirty” tag came up again in an interview with ESPN Boston on Monday when Don Cherry said Marchand “is not a pest. He’s a hockey player that plays dirty.”

The Bruins sported the same lines in Monday’s morning skate as they did in the second half of Saturday’s Game 2 win against the Blackhawks.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup finals leading into Monday night’s Game 3 at TD Garden.

Don Cherry joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, and the CBC Hockey Night in Canada analyst said he is sticking with his pick of the Bruins to win it all against the Blackhawks.

“They are going to win the Cup,” Cherry said point-blank. “I picked Boston all the way through.”

Claude Julien has instilled many championship characteristics in his team. They are fundamentally sound on defense. They stand up for each other and call each other out in the sanctity of the dressing room and never outside.

They take care of themselves, on and off the ice.



The comparison has been obvious since the second round of this Bruins playoff run.

Is Tuukka Rask as good as Tim Thomas in 2011 when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup on the strength of one of the best goaltending performances in Stanley Cup history?

In the eyes of Bruins coach Claude Julien, there’s no doubt.

CHICAGO – What was that thing that appeared on the ice a little over halfway through the second period on Saturday at United Center? 

It was hard to tell exactly what it was, but it created chances, forced turnovers and scored two goals. 

While the Blackhawks were threatening to blow open Game 2 and send the Stanley Cup final back to Boston with a 2-0 lead, it was Tuukka Rask who was the difference. The Hawks out-shot the Bruins 19-4 but had only a Patrick Sharp goal to show for it.

CHICAGO — Unlike Game 1, overtime was the Bruins’ friend on Saturday as Daniel Paille beat Corey Crawford with a wrist shot at 17:48 of the first overtime to even Stanley Cup finals with a 2-1 overtime win at United Center.

The Blackhawks dominated play early on, though they came out of the first period with just a 1-0 lead on a Patrick Sharp goal. Chris Kelly tied the game in the second period with his first goal of the playoffs and first point in 22 games, with Paille netting the game-winner in overtime for Boston.

CHICAGO — Bruins right wing Nathan Horton will play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, Horton and Claude Julien said Saturday. Horton was on the ice for the team’s morning skate, marking his second straight day on the ice after leaving Game 1 with a shoulder subluxation.