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Brad Marchand Assigns Fault Following Bruins' Devastating Defeat

Published May 1, 2023 at 12:14

This season, the Bruins achieved an unprecedented NHL feat, but their journey came to a gut-wrenching overtime defeat against the Panthers, and Brad Marchand knew exactly where to point the finger.

Boston had things under control, leaving Florida after game four with a 3-1 lead in the series. Yet, a crucial turning point arrived in a tied game five at TD Garden, with mere seconds left on the clock: Marchand's breakaway.

A Pivotal Moment in the Series

The Panthers managed to fend off elimination in both the game five overtime and game six in Sunrise, pushing the series to a decisive game seven (we all know the outcome).

Following Sunday's season-ending loss, Marchand opened up about the unforgettable moment:

''That was my moment, and I didn't capitalize on it. Going to stick with me forever.''

- Brad Marchand

Despite boasting the best regular-season record in league history, the Bruins may now only be remembered for their stunning collapse in the opening round.

Veteran Marchand is painfully aware of this reality, acknowledging that anything short of a Stanley Cup victory undermines their incredible season.

''At the end of the day, you play in the regular season to get a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs to play for a cup. That's the goal every year to play for a Cup, not to dominate the regular season.''

''Special what we built and what we were able to do together, but we fell short of our goal.''

Ultimately, credit must be given where it's due - to the Florida Panthers. They identified and exploited the Bruins' vulnerabilities, while the dynamic duo of Sergei Bobrovsky and Alex Lyon outshined the Jennings Trophy-winning pair of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman.

As read on Bruins Insider - Marchand Places Blame After Bruins Heartbreaking Opening-Round Loss.
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Brad Marchand Assigns Fault Following Bruins' Devastating Defeat

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