Brad Marchand Has Experience Playing For Leafs Coach Mike Babcock

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Brad Marchand. (Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Last time the Bruins faced the Maple Leafs in the playoffs was May 13, 2013. Boston made history by rallying from three goals down in the third period to steal Game 7 in overtime.

B's eventually reached the Stanley Cup Final, losing in six to the Blackhawks.

Bruins would love another nice long run this spring, and they'll likely lean on leading-scorer Brad Marchand after his 34-goal, 85-point campaign.

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Bruins Vets Help Younger Teammates Prepare For Playoffs

But Marchand also brings insight! He played for Leafs coach Mike Babcock and won gold for Team Canada at September's World Cup.

"He's a great coach, it's a very interesting system that they play," Marchand said. "You can see why he's been successful everywhere he's been. It's a very, very hard system to play against. He expects a lot out of his players, very demanding. But he's a great coach to play for. It was nice to get a taste of his coaching style and the way he handles his team and everything for that week, but it's always been hard to play against, and it always will be."

Babcock joked last month he takes some credit for Marchand's big year. He said playing him on a line with Sidney Crosby may've been a mistake.

"I shouldn't have," he said, to laughs. "I should have put him on the fifth line. Sucked the life out of him.”

Face-off is Thursday night at 7 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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