Thursday, February 16, 2012
Marchand playing a dangerous game
There was only one thing more despicable than the Bell Center crowd cheering when Boston's Zdeno Chara got hit in the face with the puck last night, and that was Brad Marchand calling out the fans. Considering Marchand's own conduct, that's a bit like Charlie Manson casting aspersions on Jeffrey Dahmer.
If precedent counts for anything, Marchand's dirty, low-bridge hit on Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin at the end of the second period should be good for an eight game suspension, given that the Bruins forward got five games earlier this season for an almost identical cheap shot on Vancouver's Sami Salo. In both instances, Marchand deliberately went low with a hit that's outlawed because of its potential for long-term or even career-ending injury. Yet there was Marchand holding court with reporters after the game, calling the fans' conduct embarrassing and classless, and saying it's important to be concerned for other people's safety.
Marchand is often described as one of those players you hate to play against but who you'd love to have on your own team. Well, you can have him, because there's no room on my team for a hypocrite and a gutless coward who hides behind Chara, Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton, and whose day of reckoning - while not necessarily etched in stone - is only a matter of time.