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The “Little” Rat

from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,

Moments after Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand erased a scoreless tie with his first career playoff goal Saturday night, former Bruin agitator Kenny “Rat” Linseman was spotted on the press level at TD Garden.

Marchand’s style of play has been compared to the way Linseman played during his career. There’s a reason why he was nicknamed the “Rat”—because he would annoy the heck out of the opposition and played with such tenacity, it would enraged the other team. Basically, he was the type of player you wanted on your team but hated to play against.

Marchand’s the same way, and Linseman appreciates the comparison.

“It’s a compliment because I think he’s a good player,” Linseman said. “I get sick of hearing people talk about somebody playing like me that might not have that good of skills, so when I see [Marchand], it’s nice.”


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I recall that Linseman was actually named “The Rat” as much for his personal appearance as his agitating style, though Linsemen also took many undisciplined penalties, especially in his stay in Philly.

Posted by MattinSurrey on 04/24/11 at 05:36 PM ET

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