The season series has been split, 2-2, thus far, and all but one of the games have been decided by one goal (the other game, decided by two, featured an empty-netter). The teams are less than a year removed an incident involving a criminal investigation and a thrilling playoff series that was settled in overtime of Game 7. 



Bruins forward Brad Marchand made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday, two days after receiving a five-game suspension for his low hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Marchand explained the reason for his hit, called out Canucks coach Alain Vigneault for his "threat" against him, and explained how Shawn Thornton made Dale Weise look foolish by stepping in when Weise actually wanted to fight Adam McQuaid.

Marchand acknowledged that many people view his hit as a dirty play.

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and shared his thoughts on the Brad Marchand situation.

Marchand received a five-game suspension from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his low hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Shanahan said Marchand was being "predatory" while the Bruin insisted he was protecting himself.

The Bruins save the best for last.

In other words, if they don’t destroy their opponent in the first two periods, they make sure they do in the third period. If they’ve put their opponent away in the first two, they’ll still pile it on in the third.



The Bruins put a their off-ice distractions aside Tuesday night and delievered a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Jets at TD Garden. 

Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic all had two-point showings for the Bruins, who improved to 55 points on the season. 

Bruins forward Brad Marchand spoke to the media following Tuesday's morning skate, making his first public comments since being suspended five games by the league for his low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. 

"I'm obviously a little disappointed," Marchand said of Brendan Shanahan's ruling. "I wasn't expecting as many games as I got, but that was the decision and now I just have to move on."

Bruins forward Brad Marchand wrote in his ESPN Boston diary that Canucks coach Alain Vigneault showed a lack of class when he said that someone is "going to hurt" the 23-year-old forward because of the way he plays. 

Marchand was suspended for five games Monday for his hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks. Vigneault called the forward out Sunday, saying that Marchand "plays to hurt players."

It seems the Bruins’ days of getting the benefit of the doubt are over. That's the message after Brendan Shanahan slapped forward Brad Marchand with a five game suspension for his latest stunt, a low-bridge hit on Sami Salo, and it isn't the worst thing to come from this whole fiasco.



Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games by the NHL Monday for Saturday's low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. Because the hearing was conducted via phone, five games was the maximum penalty Marchand could receive. 

Marchand saw the Canucks defenseman coming in to hit him along the boards late in the second period of the 4-3 loss, lowered his body and hit Salo in the hip area. The hit was called clipping on the ice, and Marchand was given a five-minute major and game misconduct. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien was among those who took issues with the Canucks' criticism of Brad Marchand's style of play. The B's coach responded to Vancouver coach Alain Vignealt's comments that Marchand's hit on Sami Salo was dirty and that Marchand "plays to hurt players."