Bruins need Marchand's moxie

Bruins forward Brad Marchand celebrates a goal during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston,...

Bruins forward Brad Marchand celebrates a goal during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston, Mass., June 6, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

These Stanley Cup playoffs have been a coming-out party for Boston Bruins rookie Brad Marchand.

He has become a polarizing figure, an agitator with talent, loved by the Bruins and their fans and hated by just about everybody else.

Heading into Game 7 on the road, the Bruins can use his energy and his antagonizing style, as long as he keeps it this side of the line.

Marchand added to his rap sheet in Game 6 of the final when he gave Vancouver Canucks star forward Daniel Sedin a half-dozen short jabs while he clutched the Swede's sweater.

Why, Marchand was asked, did he keep punching away?

"Because I felt like it," he said.

One of the reasons the Bruins are 0-3 at Rogers Arena in this series is they've lacked emotion and energy in those games. Marchand can help give them that.

He helped get the win in Game 6 when he ripped a shot over Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo's shoulder to start a record blitz of four goals in four minutes 14 seconds.

"I was (surprised it went in). He's not an easy goalie to beat straight up and it was a tough-angle shot. I think I just kind of caught him off guard," Marchand said.

The Bruins are 8-0 in these playoffs when Marchand scores.

Right after Game 6, he was already trying to keep his emotions in check.

"If you had told us at the start of the year we would be playing for the Stanley Cup in a Game 7, we'd take it," Marchand said.

"It's a nice situation to be in. One way or the other, it's going to be a great feeling or a very tough one.

"It's a huge game for everyone. Everyone is excited about it. I can't wait to get it under way."

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