Bruins forward Brad Marchand checked in with Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon for his weekly discussion, following Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over the Devils, the team's sixth straight win.
Marchand took a bad penalty in the second period Tuesday night, leading to a New Jersey goal and a spot on the bench for Marchand for the final nine minutes of the period.
"I think it had to do with more than just that penalty," Marchand said of the benching. "My game wasn't where it should be last night and coach sent me a message."
When he returned, Marchand scored a goal six seconds into the third period.
"I knew I had to do better," he said. "I had to play better and do my job better. I took a penalty that cost the team the first goal. Luckily ... I was able to get it back. It was nice to be able to go out there and have a better third period."
During Wednesday's practice, goalie Tuukka Rask was not happy after allowing a goal. Marchand enjoyed watching the ensuing tirade.
"We were practicing the power play and Tuuks couldn't stop a beach ball. He decided to take it out on his stick," Marchand said. "It was funny, though, because he couldn't break it. So, he ended up getting madder and madder. He was breaking his stick over the post and it wouldn't break. The boys just kept laughing at him. It was pretty funny."
In Saturday's win over the Sabres, Milan Lucic charged into goalie Ryan Miller after Miller skated well out of the crease to knock a sliding puck away from the streaking Bruins forward. Lucic was penalized but not suspended. The Sabres, meanwhile, have been criticized for not responding in a more physical manner.
Marchand said players have be careful in situations like that because the league has cracked down with suspensions. However, he acknowledged the Bruins would have handled it differently.
"Every team is a little different," he said, "Our team is very close and guys go to bat for each other. It would have been a completely different story if that was our team. But every team's different. We just have great camaraderie in the rink."
The teams meet again next Wednesday night in Buffalo.
"We're obviously going to be prepared for anything," Marchand said. "We don't know what's going to happen again. They've got to obviously watch out. The league's going to be watching that game, knowing that they might try to get revenge or something. So, we're going to be prepared. However they want to play, then we'll play that way. But obviously, we have a really tough team, and we can stand up for ourselves."
As for the play, Marchand was asked if Miller was "fair game" by coming out so far to play the puck and exposing himself.
"I wouldn't say he's fair game, but you do have to protect yourself," Marchand said "I think Looch tried to do everything he could to get that puck. … When you're in that situation with a guy like Looch -- he's very big, he weighs a lot -- it's tough for him to veer off the boards when he's going that fast. If you don't protect yourself and you don't bear down, then you can get hurt. I've seen guys in the past get hurt by goalies when they let up and the goalie just crushes them, and they've gotten concussions. So, you do have to protect yourself. And that's all Looch was doing."
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.More from this show
An en banc hearing is possible in Deflategate and district attorney Joseph Early should lose his job.More from this show