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by Paul on 01/08/12 at 07:36 PM ET
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
The Bruins were off from practice today, but the players participated in the team’s “Slice the Ice” charity event at the TD Garden.
For the first time since he was ejected from the Bruins’ loss to Vancouver yesterday, Marchand addressed the media and spoke about the clip on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo that resulted in a game misconduct in the second period.
“The puck was going around the boards and I went to pick it up and was kind of looking over my shoulder,” Marchand told the media in Boston. “I saw Salo coming in and I just kind of went down.
“It was unfortunate he got injured. I did go under him, but I felt the base contact was at about his hip point and that’s usually a pretty legal hit from what I’ve seen in the past.”
added 6:18pm, from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
the suggestion by Bruins coach Claude Julien that Marchand was trying to protect himself from being hit in the corner boards by Salo late in the second period of a 4-3 Canucks triumph set Vigneault off.
“That’s a stupid comment,” said the Canucks coach. “What Marchand did there, you could end a player’s career doing that and I’ve never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All I’ve seen Sami Salo do is play with integrity and play the right way.
“Marchand—this is just my feeling on this—some day he’s going to get it. Somebody is going to say enough is enough and they’re going to hurt the kid, because he plays to hurt players and in my mind if the league doesn’t take care of it, somebody else will.
“Sometimes it takes the league time to figure things out and there’s a difference between a good hip check when the player is coming down on you one-on-one with the puck and what we saw Marchand do with his definite attempt to injure. Something needs to happen.”
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