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Brad Marchand calls fan a ‘peasant’ over shootout criticism

Brad Marchand

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.”

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.

H/T LBS reader Wardo

Brad Marchand has the worst shootout attempt ever in Bruins loss

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.

That’s about as embarrassing as it gets, especially for someone of Marchand’s caliber. His only solace is that this didn’t happen on a more high-profile stage, or he’d really never live it down. Given Marchand’s reputation around the league, a lot of people won’t want to let him forget it anyway.

Brad Marchand says doctors stopped Zdeno Chara from returning to Game 4

Zdeno Chara

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.

Chara took a puck to the face after blocking a shot early in the second period of Boston’s 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He was bleeding from the mouth and skated off the ice into the dressing room. The 42-year-old later returned to the bench wearing a full fishbowl mask, but he never got back onto the ice.

According to Marchand, Chara wanted to get back into the game but had to follow doctor’s orders.

While the Bruins have not specified, it sounds like Chara may have suffered a broken jaw. His status for Game 5 is uncertain. Chara has taken a beating in the playoffs this year, as he also missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final with a lower body injury and suffered a bloody wrist while blocking a shot earlier in the series against St. Louis.

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.

Brad Marchand has an amazing list of things he’d do with Stanley Cup

Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand is willing to think ahead to what he’d do if his Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup this year, and let’s just say he has a well-thought plan already.

The controversial Boston forward has three things he’d like to put in the Cup if the Bruins manage to see off the St. Louis Blues in the upcoming finals, and it’s a rather diverse array of things.

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.

Watch: Brad Marchand taunts Hurricanes captain Justin Williams over penalty

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.

When compared to some of the things Marchand has done to opponents in the past, that was nothing. Williams is just lucky Marchand didn’t lick him.

Why Brad Marchand was so terse in interview with Kyle Bukauskas

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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:

Marchand probably is holding something against Bukauskas, who took a jab at him at the end of an interview earlier in the series:

Bukauskas was referencing an incident between Marchand and Cam Atkinson in Game 1 of the series:

Is it childish of Marchand to hold the joke against Bukauskas? Maybe. But Marchand’s seemingly odd interview does have some background.

Watch: Brad Marchand hits Scott Harrington in back of head

Brad Marchand

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.

Whether it’s licking opponents or unnecessarily pummeling them, Marchand has a way of attracting attention for his antics.

Brad Marchand not happy with ‘terrible’ ice at TD Garden

Brad Marchand

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.

Marchand has been huge for the Bruins. He has scored four goals and has nine points in the series, but he has found more success in Toronto than Boston lately.

He had three points in Games 4 and 6 in Toronto, while he was shutout in a Game 5 loss at home. The Bruins better hope he hasn’t psyched himself out about playing at TD Garden.

Maple Leafs GM responds to ‘master troll job’ from Brad Marchand

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.

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.

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.

Brad Marchand ducks revenge fight with Lars Eller

Lars Eller Brad Marchand

Lars Eller wanted a taste of revenge on Brad Marchand, but the Little Ball of Hate wasn’t interested.

During the second period of Thursday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, Eller dropped gloves and tried to get Marchand to fight him. Marchand refused.

Eller ended up taking a penalty due to unsportsmanlike conduct, which the Caps were able to kill as part of their 4-2 win.

Eller was seeking revenge on Marchand, who absolutely pummeled him during a blowout win by the Caps over the Bruins in October. Marchand attacked Eller in that game because he didn’t like the way the Caps center celebrated a goal while up big.

That’s pretty weak of Marchand to go after Eller under those circumstances and then to refuse to engage in what would have been an even fight this time around. Eller said as much after the game.

Marchand’s defense for not engaging was that he has nothing to prove.

We think he did. He just refused to.