Marchment playing it smart

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET


 Bryan Marchment's battle-scarred beak can sniff out a setup at the best of times.

 So when the Ottawa Senators spent much of Saturday night attempting to goad the emotional Maple Leafs defenceman into blowing his stack, Marchment was having none of it.

 "Obviously they were down and they wanted to get something started," Marchment said, referring to the Leafs' 6-0 waxing of the Senators at the Corel Centre. "But this is the time of year for discipline, especially at playoff time.

 "The team that keeps its cool more often than not is the one that will be successful."

 Marchment talking about maintaining one's composure? On the surface, that's like John Daly preaching the virtues of a nutritional diet.

 Then again, Marchment really hasn't lived up -- or down, as the case may be -- to the bad boy reputation he lugged to Toronto when he signed with the Leafs last summer.

 Benched at times in the second half of the season, Marchment responded by becoming one of the Leafs' most consistent defencemen down the stretch.

 His waning foot speed can make him look overmatched against quick opponents in the open ice, but he has been effective when he stays in position and plays a physical game within the rules.

 After watching a number of Leafs defencemen continuously bounce off the hulking Philadelphia Flyer forwards during their first-round series last spring -- a matchup the Toronto blue liners lost almost every time -- Marchment was signed as a free agent to add a semblance of sandpaper to the Leafs' back end.

 Given the fact man-mountain Senator Zdeno Chara likely will be planted on goalie Ed Belfour's doorstep during Senator power plays, Marchment seems to be the guy looked upon to at least try to outmuscle the Ottawa defenceman.

 "Our job is to clear out the front of the net," Marchment said. "The league is cutting down on goalie contact."


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