Marchand and Bruins continue to show their lack of class
This is who Brad Marchand(notes) is for the Boston Bruins, 92 games and parts of two seasons into his NHL career: A player who can deflate an opponent with a brilliant shorthanded goal, like the one he scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night; and a player that will reinvigorate that opponent with an ill-advised taunt.
Like, for example, mocking the Leafs bench by mimicking a golf swing, as he did during the second period of the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss. Which really isn't the epitome of sportsmanship, despite its undeniable accuracy.
From Matt Kalman and The Bruins Blog:
After a scrum, Marchand made a golf-swing gesture that probably got under the skin of some of the blue-and-white-wearing players. It also irked the Bruins' bench boss.
"I got a little bit of an earful [from Claude Julien between periods]," admitted Marchand after the game, "it won't happen again."
Marchand said that Phil Kessel(notes) popped him in the mouth and there should've been a penalty. Instead there was a razzing from the bench and then the gesture. "That was a little immature of me. I shouldn't have done that," said the pesky winger.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall for that coach/rookie conversation, considering that on March 31 and after a tough loss, the second question Julien received in his postgame press conference was about Marchand's maturity. The coach said:
"It's just one of those things. He's been a good player for us and, again, his emotions can sometimes be a positive but sometimes you don't want to cross the line. You certainly don't like that when it happens. So it's just a learning process."
Yet for the yappy and scrappy Marchand, it's par for the course.
First Thornton goes after an entire bench because they taunt him, then Marchand turns around and taunts the Leafs, pretty much reinvigorating them and costing the Bruins the game. but no bro, PK Subban is the only cocky player. And the Habs instigated him into doing the taunt.