The Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins are still trading barbs with their last Canadian visitor.
Brad Marchand won't be doing anything of the sort on the ice for awhile.
With one of their key contributors beginning a lengthy suspension, the Bruins will try to remain focused and rebound from an emotional defeat when they face the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden on Tuesday night.
Boston (26-11-1) outlasted and outmuscled Vancouver to win the Stanley Cup in seven games last summer. The teams combined for 107 penalty minutes in the first rematch Saturday, with the Canucks winning 4-3 to end the Bruins' four-game home win streak.
The effects of the lone season meeting will linger after the NHL suspended Marchand five games for a clip that injured Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.
The teams have been exchanging words in the media since Saturday with Marchand being called a "dirty player" by Canucks management.
"Brad (Marchand) does play on the edge, but he's no dirtier than maybe two or three of their players," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli fired back on the team's official website. "After an incident or after a game like that, you see all the high-handed propaganda -- I feel the need to respond. It's not whether it's from coaches, GMs or players, I don't like to hear that kind of stuff."
Marchand, who had five goals in the Stanley Cup finals, is tied for the team lead with 16 goals, and is third on the club with 32 points.
Remaining focused will be important for Boston as it tries to widen its three-point lead on second-place Ottawa in the division.
Without Marchand, Tyler Seguin will take on an even greater role in the team's offense -- a task he seems more than equal to. The second-year center has three goals and eight assists with a plus-11 rating in eight games, during which the Bruins are 6-2-0.
Seguin, though, doesn't have a point in five meetings with the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise and a case of the flu forced him to miss a 2-1 road loss Dec. 6.
Marchand scored an empty-net goal as the Bruins beat the Jets 4-2 on Nov. 26, extending their series winning streak at home to nine games.
Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and two assists in the last three games, has 12 points in 11 home meetings with Winnipeg/Atlanta.
After hosting the Jets (20-16-5), Boston ends this four-game homestand featuring only Canadian foes against Montreal on Thursday.
Winnipeg was outscored 11-3 in the first two games of its four-game trip, but rebounded with a 2-1 overtime victory against Buffalo on Saturday. Johnny Oduya's goal gave the Jets just their third win in 12 road games (3-6-3).
"We knew we didn't play well the last two games," said Ondrej Pavelec, who had 31 saves against the Sabres after getting pulled for surrendering six goals on 24 shots in a 7-3 loss at Montreal three days prior.
Pavelec is 0-4-0 with a 4.68 goals-against average in five starts at Boston, but made 39 saves against them at home last month.
The Jets could have Dustin Byfuglien, the team's top scoring defenseman with six goals and 24 points, back from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him for six games. He has four goals and six assists in his last seven meetings with the Bruins, including two points at Boston in November.
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