Brad Marchand had one of the worst shootout attempts you will ever seen in an NHL game during the Boston Bruins’ loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, but he isn’t about to sit back while some fan rips him for it.
With the Bruins needing a goal to keep the shootout going, Marchand overskated the puck and grazed it with his stick. Because he touched the puck, officials ruled that his attempt counted and the game was over. Likely in response to being trolled, Marchand tweeted a photo on Tuesday that showed him kissing the Stanley Cup.
One of Marchand’s followers, whose profile says he is a beer league hockey player, took that as an opportunity to heckle Marchand about not being able to get the puck on his stick. Marchand responded by calling the guy a “peasant” and saying “you pretend to be me in your back yard.”
Your shootout is in your driveway not the NHL peasant. You pretend to be me in your back yard dream big bud
Marchand would probably be better off ignoring the noise after such an embarrassing blunder, but that has never been his style. We’ve seen him clap back on social media in the past when a rival brought up his affinity for licking the faces of opposing players, so he’s willing to defend himself over pretty much anything.
Professional athletes are in peak physical form and among the most talented people at what they do in the entire world. But sometimes, they remind us that, at heart, they’re just like us.
Take Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand, who needed to score in Monday night’s shootout to avoid losing to the Philadelphia Flyers. Marchand promptly overskated the puck and didn’t even carry it with him. As his stick grazed the top of it, however, it counted as an attempt.
The Boston Bruins were dealt a major blow in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night when Zdeno Chara left with an injury and was unable to return, and Brad Marchand says the captain would have come back if doctors allowed it.
According to Marchand, Chara wanted to get back into the game but had to follow doctor’s orders.
Marchand on Chara: "If it wasn't for the doctor, he would've played that game. He's that kind of guy that you're going to have to kill him to keep him off. He's an absolute leader and those things you gain respect for him every single day with what he's willing to go through."
The Bruins may still be without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 5, as he has been out since suffering a head injury on an illegal check in Game 2. If neither Chara nor Grzelcyk can play, Boston will have its hands full defensively.
It doesn’t sound like the worst day for a lot of people.
Marchand was a member of the 2011 Bruins team that claimed the title, so he’ll have some experience in this regard if he and his teammates get the job done. We bet he’d be willing to talk at a lot more length about it if it happens.
Brad Marchand is known for being arguably the biggest instigator in the NHL, and he was back at it again during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
Marchand took Hurricanes captain Justin Williams down with a high stick late in the second period, and the referees only called a penalty when Williams got in Marchand’s face and yanked his chin strap. Marchand then pointed to the penalty box and taunted Williams by making a “C” with his hand and putting it up to his chest.
In other words, Marchand was ridiculing Williams for taking a dumb penalty as his team’s captain. It proved to be costly, too, as the Bruins scored on the power play to take a commanding 4-0 lead into the third period.
Brad Marchand did his best Russell Westbrook impression in an interview after the Boston Bruins clinched their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, but there’s actually a reason for it.
Marchand was interviewed by Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas after the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. He gave very brief answers and did not seem too interested in engaging in the interview:
Brad Marchand was up to his dirty tricks yet again.
During the Boston Bruins’ Game 3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, the Bruins star was caught punching the back of an opponent’s head. Take a look at what he does to Scott Harrington:
Marchand avoided a penalty despite the cheap shot on Scott Harrington. However, he was called for hi-sticking in the second period, which led to a power play goal that made it 2-0 Columbus.
After a monster series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, Marchand has yet to record a point in the second-round series against the Blue Jackets. It’s no surprise that Boston is trailing 2-1 in the series.
Brad Marchand has not been a fan of the ice at TD Garden in Boston during the Bruins’ first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Bruins beat the Leafs 4-2 in Game 6 of the series in Toronto on Sunday. The series heads back to Boston for Game 7 on Tuesday, and it seems like Marchand doesn’t view that as an advantage.
The winger called the ice in the building “terrible” and said the puck hasn’t been moving well there.
Brad Marchand not loving the ice conditions at TD Garden in the postseason: "They've played really well in our building so far this series and the ice has been terrible there so we might as well play with a tennis ball, skate around and see who can bounce one in the net."
The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have a very strong chance of squaring off in the first round of the playoffs, and the two division rivals are gearing up for that with some friendly smack talk.
Maple Leafs center Mitch Marner recently became just the eighth player in franchise history to record 80 points in 66 games or fewer games, and the 21-year-old has emerged as one of the better players in the NHL. The potential problem that could create for Toronto is that he is a restricted free agent, and the Leafs are not in great salary cap shape. On Tuesday, Marchand seemingly referenced that by saying Marner should get $12 million per year on his next deal.
I cant wait to see this kids new deal… 12m AAV?? It better be#Marnerwatch
Marchand, a known agitator, obviously doesn’t care how much Marner gets paid. What he really wants to see is the former No. 4 overall pick become too expensive for the Maple Leafs, who already pay Auston Matthews and John Tavares more than $10 million annually each.
When asked about Marchand’s tweet on Wednesday, Toronto GM Kyle Dubas said he doesn’t blame Marchand for paying so much attention to the Leafs.
#Leafs GM Kyle Dubas on Marchand: “That was a master troll job, you have to respect that. With over 90 per cent probability to play Boston in the first round, that he was waking up in the morning thinking about the Toronto Maple Leafs, we’ll take that.”
All of this should make the potential first-round series between the Bruins and Maple Leafs even more entertaining. Plus, you never know when Marchand will pull out some of his disgusting antics. The guy is a master at getting under the skin of opponents, and he appears to have even done that with a rival team’s GM.
Marchand’s defense for not engaging was that he has nothing to prove.
Brad Marchand on why he didn't fight Lars Eller when challenged: "I haven't looked at the stat sheet, but I really don't feel like I need to prove anything. He plays maybe 10-12 minutes a night and I'm playing 20. In a 1-0 game and to go on a power play, it doesn't make sense"