Marchand tugging on the twins' capes
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
|Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal during 2nd period action in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA , on Monday June 6, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)
VANCOUVER -- Brad Marchand is not a quitter.
The physical, agitating play of the Boston Bruins winger -- particularly against Vancouver Canucks twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin -- is a big reason the Bruins have squared the Stanley Cup final and have a chance to take their first lead Friday night in Game 5.
Marchand has given up trying to tell the twins apart.
"I still don't know who's who. I don't even try anymore. They look identical," he said. "They play identical and they're both unbelievable. I'm not even going to try to pick them apart. Too hard."
Marchand grabbed Henrik by the back of the collar in Game 4 -- or was it Daniel? -- and tugged, at which point Henrik's knees buckled like he was about to go down. When the referee intervened, Marchand mimicked Sedin's dip.
"That was childish of me," Marchand said. "I shouldn't be doing that stuff. That's just how it goes sometimes.
"It can come back and bite you in the butt."
The great thing about Marchand is he just can't help himself.
There was that time he performed a golf swing in front of the Toronto Maple Leafs bench as they were about to miss the playoffs again.
At the end of Game 4, Marchand picked up a hat trick of penalties as he had a crazy sequence with Canucks Christian Ehrhoff, Daniel Sedin and Keith Ballard.
Ehrhoff wound up down in the corner after trying to hit Marchand; Sedin went flying over Marchand and crashed into the boards when he tried to hit him; then Marchand, who had ducked them both, dropped the gloves with Ballard.
"I was trying to get to the puck and Ehrhoff tried to hit me," Marchand said. "I tried to jump around him and clipped him with my arm. Sedin took a run at me so there's nothing really different I should have done there.
"Ballard came at me. I was just trying to defend myself. I'm not going to let guys run at me."
As he was escorted by the Canucks bench, Marchand gave the Canucks the brushing-of-the-hands gesture like his work was done.
Marchand had a goal in both Games 3 and 4 to help the Bruins get back into the series and they'll need him to bring that scoring and physical edge on the road in Game 5.
"We had our backs against the wall coming home (down 2-0). We just wanted to try to claw our way back into the series. We're very proud of what we've done to get back in, but we're such a long ways away especially going back to Vancouver," he said.
"The team they have over there, they're unbelievable. We're still a long ways away from where we want to be."