WILMINGTON, Mass. — Brad Marchand didn't quite channel Kevin Youkilis in making a call to arms for Bruins fans the way the Sox slugger implored Fenway fans to show their support when Boston's baseball club returned home after an 0-6 start to the season.
Marchand isn't worried about the Garden faithful giving the Bruins a boost in Game 2 Saturday night, even if Thursday's playoff opener ended with boos raining down on the home team after a 2-0 loss to the Canadiens.
Marchand and the Bruins didn't take it personal, and he knows the club and its fans have a common enemy in the hated Habs.
"I don't really think they're frustrated with us, they're more angry that Montreal beat us," Marchand said of the fan reaction as he spoke with the media following Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. "They all hate Montreal as much as we do."
Marchand wasn't surprised or upset that the fans got on the club at the end of a disappointing shutout loss, but he's also certain they'll be back cheering for the Bruins on Saturday.
"I don't think they're going to sit there and cheer when we lose," Marchand said. "They're great fans. They're very loyal and I don't think they were turning on us at all. I just think they were mad at the outcome of the game."
At least one teammate is certain the Bruins fans will have a much better outcome to cheer on Saturday, as David Krejci told the assembled media on Friday, "Obviously, we want to win. We have to win. And we will win."
If Krejci and his teammates can back up that pronouncement, the Bruins won't have to worry about hearing any more boos this weekend.