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One Player Has Risen to the Occasion in the Absence of Veterans


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Dorin Canaday
April 26, 2023  (1:01 PM)
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In the absence of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci during their series against the Panthers, a Bruins player has significantly risen to the challenge without the experienced pair.

Stepping Out of His Comfort Zone

Even though he's appeared in over 1,000 games, Brad Marchand stepped beyond his usual role and served as Boston's temporary captain during games three and four in Florida. Marchand has not only contributed offensively with three goals and one assist in the series, but he has also guided the Bruins behind the scenes.
Despite his typically composed demeanour, Marchand acknowledged that he was not as at ease as he appeared. Before game three, he shared the following thoughts with the media:
''I definitely feel a little more pressure in that leadership standpoint. When they're around, I definitely feel a lot more comfortable just kind of being in my role. When they're not, it's hard to fill that void. They're two incredible leaders on and off the ice.''

Marchand wasn't the sole force propelling Boston to consecutive road victories, as he highlighted the team's collective effort strategy. He specifically mentioned the exceptional performances of Nick Foligno, Charlie Coyle, David Pastrnak, and Charlie McAvoy.
He went on to say:
''It definitely falls on the rest of us that are kind of stepping into that role here to try to take over and lead a little bit more by example and take control of that room.''

Even though his participation in game five tonight remains a last-minute decision, Marchand will appreciate the relief from some of the pressure with the comeback of captain Patrice Bergeron. Watch the complete interview with Marchand below:
As read on Bruins Insider - One Bruin Has Stepped Up in a Big Way Without Bergeron and Krejci.
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