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Marchand hoping to find Game 7 magic again

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TSN Senior Hockey Reporter


BOSTON — They say history is the best predictor of the future, but good luck telling that to Brad Marchand.

The last time Lord Stanley’s residence was decided in Game 7, Marchand victimized the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 with a three-point night for the ages.

That was eight years ago, though, and it’s clear those memories weren’t keeping Marchand warm as a security blanket when he tried to sleep on Tuesday night.

“You look to your past experience for guidance and some comfort, but everything plays out differently,” Marchand said Tuesday. “Just because you’ve been through it before doesn’t mean it’s going to play out the same way.”

Marchand had more points in that one Cup-deciding Game 7 than any active Blues player has total in career Game 7 appearances in any playoff series.

Think about that for one second.

Somehow, people seem to remember Marchand more for repeatedly speed bagging Daniel Sedin throughout that series.

Along with current teammate Patrice Bergeron and former teammate Mark Recchi, Marchand is on a short list of six players in history with three-point games in the 16 previous Stanley Cup final Game 7s: New Jersey’s Mike Rupp (2003), Colorado’s Alex Tanguay (2001) and Montreal’s Dick Duff (1965).

Fire up YouTube or your favourite hockey time machine........