The Little Ball of Hate earns his nickname every time he steps on the ice and just about every player on the Penguins would most certainly agree.

As would members of the Maple Leafs, Rangers and just about every other team in the NHL, AHL and QMJHL.

Brad Marchand has been playing with emotion all postseason, and, despite a few “bad penalties” here and there, he’s been one of the best players on the ice.

“He’s just more involved, more confident,” head coach Claude Julien said on Friday afternoon. “But every year in the playoffs, not only does he become a target for other teams, but he responds to it. What he’s got to do is respond to it in a positive way. We saw him in Game 2 where he took off, scored a goal. I think that’s a great way to respond.