The Canucks feel their inability to convert on the power play has emboldened the Bruins to continue throwing their bodies around on the forecheck, and engaging them after the whistles.
“If we re not making them pay for some of their dumb penalties _ and they’ve taken a lot of them this series _ maybe they are going to continue to do them,” Bieksa said. “That’s the job of our power play, to keep those teams honest and make them pay when they become undisciplined.”
Marchand’s job is to keep pushing without taking those penalties. He had one in Game 1, but stayed out of the box the next two before his late indiscretions in Game 4, all of which impresses veteran Bruins’ heavy Shawn Thornton, who was inserted in Game 3 to add more physical play.
“He had 20-something goals and he plays a bit of a role as an agitator and he has energy and he comes to play every single night,” said Thornton, who has counseled Marchand on staying on the right side of the penalty line. “When I was his age I don’t think you could rein me in, so I know what it’s like to play on that edge. It took me a lot of years to find where that line is and sometimes I step over it still, but he’s done a real good job of finding it so far.”