Something seemed to be wrong with Brad Marchand in the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had no jump, no energy to his game, which is based on such things.

But all of a sudden, he was part of that shift that produced Patrice Bergeron’s Game 7 overtime goal, and his game immediately returned.

In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers, he assisted on Torey Krug’s equalizer and scored the OT game-winner on a great feed from Bergeron. And in yesterday 5-2 win over the Rangers in Game 2, he notched an assist on Johnny Boychuk’s second-period goal that held up as the game-winner, then scored a huge insurance goal just 26 seconds into the third period.

As could be said for the whole team, it wasn’t a perfect night for Marchand. His turnover at the offensive blue line led to the Rangers’ first goal, scored by Ryan Callahan. But coach Claude Julien likes what he’s seeing from Marchand.

“He seems to be skating better,” Julien said. “He might’ve seemed a little slow at times; I think sometimes when you’re overthinking, you put too much pressure on yourself, it just weighs on you. Right now, it’s just a matter of going out there, almost the same thing as the young guys, ‘go out there and play.’ He’s a quick player, he’s a shifty player, and he’s very capable of doing that.