Marchand leads Bruins' offense

CHICAGO -- Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand appeared to be in a terrible mood prior to the team’s practice on Saturday in Chicago.

Or maybe he was just focused on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Whatever it was worked as Marchand scored the Bruins’ only two goals of the game and their lone goal in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

“To me, he was a real good player tonight,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He’s been good now for the last little while, so it’s nice to have him back.”

Marchand now has four goals and five points in the last three games. The way he played on Sunday, he could have easily scored more. He was skating well, working hard along the wall and going to the net with a purpose.

Even his linemates are noticing a bit more from him.

“His jump, I think he has that step in his legs right now and obviously it creates a lot of things by doing that, by getting himself open and we’re trying to feed off of him right now,” said teammate Patrice Bergeron.

The pair of goals on Sunday were Marchand’s 13th and 14th goals of the season. Prior to his recent success, he only scored one goal and added one assist in a span of seven games, but he’s turned it around.

“I think you want to try to build every game when things aren't going right and you want to continue to try to improve,” Marchand said. “It took a long time for it to come around, but it just seems like the confidence is back a bit and I'm getting some lucky bounces here and there. It's definitely nice to be playing better.”

During the Stanley Cup finals last spring, Marchand did not register a point.

"It's always nice when you get a couple, but I wasn't really worried about trying to redeem myself for the finals or anything like that," Marchand said. "It was big game for our team and we need these ppoints right now."