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.

6 comments:

  1. 200% behind you Ted.... I can't stand weasles like this. Just wish we had one more game vs them.... I'm sure Ryan White would make him eat his shorts.

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  2. Ted, I totally agree with your comment on the Classless, Dispicable fans at the Bell Center.Where they falsefully claim to be the most knowledgeable, and pray to the hockey gods like a religion.Sorry, but Hockeytown is in Detroit, It's even painted into their ice.The Bell Center crowd cheering anyone's injury (Chara) is as bad as when they Booed the National anthem.Did they cheer when Patch,Emelin, Trent Mcleary, Richard Zhednik ? just because you wear the wrong "colors" doesn't give you the right. Marchand Plays on the edge, as did Claude Lemieux, Maxine Lapierre, to name a few past habs"agitators". Marchand has been suspended for his actions in the past. the beloved P.K Subban, who's slew foot manuever,Slashing between benches on line changes, has been described by many players as a dirty player.Ted,as you say, it's only a matter of time,for his day of reckoning. And will they cheer ?

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  3. does he think the Bruins fans have any more class... Or the Bruins organization for that matter? The same people who put Chara's attempted decapitation on Pacioretty on a highlight reel played at the garden before the Bruins playoff games last season. Habs fans, although despicable in cheering Chara's injury, have more class in their earlobe than the collective Bruins fandom!

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  4. If Marchand thinks Subban hits hard, wait until Emelin cashes in his raincheck. Emelin isn't going to forget, and next season Marchand is going to be positively pasted by a *clean* Emelin hit. It will be such a hard hit that it will correct the typo on Marchand's Cup "champian" tattoo.

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  5. You can't beat the stupid out of the ignorant.

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  6. Chara is an exception to the rules of sportsmanship and good conduct, especially in Montreal. I can't condone cheering at the site of an opposing player collapsed in a heap on the ice - Chara is the exception to that rule. He earned that special status, not only with the malicious hit on Pacioretty, but with the despicable teflon approach he took in divorcing himself of all responsibility for the act afterwards.

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