Brad Marchand can stir the pot like few others. One of the game’s most skilled and gritty wingers is a loose cannon. On Tuesday night, Marchand snapped on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry late in the third period.
His temper tantrum followed an odd incident after the second period as Jarry tried to scoop a puck to give to a Penguins fan. As Jarry glided toward the glass with a puck on his stick, Marchand hacked it off Jarry’s stick and then threw it across the ice.
OK, that was just being an agitator, right?
Then, Marchand snapped in the final 30 seconds, including punching Jarry and jabbing his stick in Jarry’s face. Officials gave Marchand a Match penalty.
The Penguins won 4-2. Marchand will have an in-person hearing.
Late Tuesday night, Pittsburgh Penguins radio analyst Phil Bourque called out occasionally over-the-top Bruins announcer Jack Edwards.
I spoke to Jack Edwards after the game and asked him if he vehemently called out Marchand for his intent to injure Tristan Jarry and he was quiet as a church mouse. Cmon Jack…you’re better than that…. Right?
— Phil Bourque (@pbourque29) February 9, 2022
As you may expect, Penguins fans took Bourque’s Tweet and ran with it.
Also, on Tuesday night, our Boston Hockey Now colleague Jimmy Murphy became flypaper for the crazies when he asserted the NHL would suspend Marchand and that it was a dumb, dirty play.
I laughed out loud at some of the responses to Murphy via Bruins fans on Twitter.
Looks like Hyde Marchand is back.
What a dumb, dirty, and unnecessary play by Marchand.
Suspension coming? https://t.co/80RnHCNdyu
— MurphysLaw74 (@MurphysLaw74) February 9, 2022
And then came the responses. Grab your popcorn. First, the denials:
Sure, that makes it all OK. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
If you can’t punch a guy, then jab your blade into his dental work, what fun is hockey? Sheesh, political correctness is ruining our game! Those soft Pittsburgh Penguins. Babies.
And, some good old fashion victim-blaming:
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