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The Boston Bruins Advance And Brad Marchand’s Act

from Tara Sullivan of the Boston Globe,

Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara was the first one to turn and head toward his own goal late Monday night, certain as he was the final seconds were ticking away in this final second-round playoff game against the Blue Jackets and no longer held any suspense for the outcome, eager as he was to thank the man most responsible for clinching Boston’s ticket to the Eastern Conference Final.

Chara skated straight into Tuukka Rask’s crease and straight into a hug with his veteran teammate, and within moments, the two Bruins were encircled by the rest of the roster, all of them waiting for their turn at Rask, the man who had just owned that space so completely and so dominantly that the hometown Blue Jackets never had a chance at extending this series to a seventh game. If we’ve seen the best of the Bruins across these past three games, three straight victories topped by Monday’s 3-0 shutout to pave the way to the franchise’s first conference final appearance since 2013, we’ve seen it because we’ve seen the best of a goaltender who has found ways to top himself night after night, this time with a 39-save shutout.

So on the Bruins go now, ahead to a Hurricanes team idling since its sweep of the Islanders, into the penultimate step to a Stanley Cup journey that has felt at times almost inevitable, when the first-round carnage left Boston as the top remaining seed in the conference, at times almost impossible, down three different times to Toronto in the first round, down 2-1 again in this series against a streaking Columbus team anchored by its own outstanding goaltender.

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from Crhis Johnston of Sportsnet,

Something is bothering Brad Marchand.

Either that, or the opportunity to return to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2013 left the Boston Bruins winger speechless.

Marchand has not been in a talkative mood since cameras caught him punching Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Scott Harrington in the back of the head late in Game 3 of the second-round series.

After Boston eliminated Columbus with a 3-0 win on Monday night, Marchand was short with Sportsnet reporter Kyle Bukauskus during an on-ice interview and did his best Marshawn Lynch impression during a 19-question scrum with reporters afterwards.

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Below, watch part of Marchand's act below.

added 9:16am, Watch Marchand in the dressing room post-game.

 

 

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Hootinani's avatar

Marchand is an absolute *#$%@&, but to be fair, he put about as much effort into his answers as they did in coming up with the questions.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/07/19 at 09:11 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Added Marchand video of him taking questions in the dressing room to the post.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/19 at 09:18 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

Stellick and Simmer (NHL Network radio on SiriusXM) this morning found his last long-form answer from this series.  He was asked on the ice, before the game, if he needed to have his skates sharpened (after stomping on an opposing player’s stick the previous game).  He had been answering questions fully to that point, but he sort of dismissed the obviously tongue-in-cheek question and skated away, ending the interview.  From that point forward he became Marchand Lynch.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 05/07/19 at 10:08 AM ET

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Something is bothering Brad Marchand.

Maybe he’s annoyed at how the reffing in the final three games basically gave the series to Boston. Maybe he’d prefer to have won a fairly-officiated series.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/07/19 at 10:43 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

Ron McLean suggested the league fine him for his antics with the press. Thought that was an interesting idea.

Posted by Steeb on 05/07/19 at 11:58 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I didn’t mind when Marshawn Lynch did this sort of thing because, well, he’s not really a pos.  The football media tries to create naratives, they did it to him, and he responded (by not responding).

But Marchand is, in fact, a pos.  Maybe he just doesn’t like being called out for the BS he pulls on the ice. 

The less he says, the more he looks like a petulant child, especially coupled with his on-ice antics.  My 3 year old nephew isn’t a saint by any means, but he looks a lot more mature than Marchand.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/07/19 at 01:24 PM ET

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We all know Marchand is very good hockey player.

But he’s also an egregiously dirty, cheap, petty, obnoxious, childish,
and often dangerous player, who in spite of his litany of fines and suspensions has dodged some major bullets and repeated avoided punishment or gotten off easy. It creates an impression and one that is very bad for the league that someone is protecting him and there is favoritism toward certain powerful owners and their teams.

And the thing is, I’ve never heard the media hype and praise a player more this season and playoffs than Marchand. They laud him nonstop during Bruins game and breaks between periods and they bring him up frequently to praise him some more during games in which the Bruins are a thousand miles away. They minimize his dangerous cheap shots and refer to him as if he were some sort of merry prankster.

Is this how the NHL and media that cover it are trying to market their players and personalities?

 

 

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Posted by lefty.30 on 05/07/19 at 03:42 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The Sportsnet panel on Marchand’s latest antics.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/19 at 03:44 PM ET

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