Marchand vows to tone down chirping

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Brad Marchand figures he might have to start biting his tongue.

The chatty Bruins winger has had numerous on-ice conversations in Round 1 -- particularly with Habs defenceman James Wisniewski -- intending to throw off his opponents' focus. But the plan seems to be backfiring.

"He's one of those guys who likes to chirp a bit, and I'm the same way," Marchand said of Wisniewski. "We've kind of been at each other a little there. It's just part of both teams' games, to kind of chirp a bit. They play that same style, we do too. When you get two teams like that, there's always a little bit more after a whistle. Maybe at some point, it kind of takes away from my game, so I might settle down a little."

Marchand's verbal jabs do have a purpose.

"It's a different asset," said the 22-year-old. "In a seven-game series, you use it to your advantage. If the other team takes one penalty, that one opportunity could change the game. Every guy who plays that role ... me, (P.K.) Subban, Wisniewski, whoever it is, you definitely want to use it to your advantage."

The thing is, having an advantage hasn't been much of an advantage for either team. They rank second- and third-last in playoff power-play production. The Bruins have no goals on 11 man-advantage chances (only Pittsburgh, going into Wednesday's games, is worse, at 0-for-15) while the Habs are 1-for-12.

"We need to get this thing going better, but we also understand that in the playoffs PK's (penalty kills) seem to be trumping power plays," said coach Claude Julien. "We've done a pretty good job on Montreal as well.

"I think it's a lot of everything. We've just got to move the puck a little better. We can't be so predictable. I say that all the time. If we're standing around, we're easy to defend against. Our guys have to be moving a little bit more. We haven't been able to do that well enough."

B-STINGS: A curt Zdeno Chara said he's "feeling better" when asked about the dehydration problem that kept him out of Game 2. But he didn't say a whole lot of anything else. It's not that Chara is replying to reporters with one-word answers these days. He uses about six or seven ... C Chris Kelly took a detour to Boston on his way to Montreal. "He flew back to today to see our doctors, just to make sure everything's ok," Julien said of Kelly, whose face was racked into the post by Scott Gomez in Game 3. "There might be a fracture but it's nothing that will prevent him from playing."


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