Well, looks like Hockey Twitter has something to unite upon: Brad Marchand is a dirtbag. We know this, well we know that he can be an agitator and can sometimes go over the line. While he’s been mostly well-behaved the later part of this season, he’s starting to crack a little bit. He’s committed a couple of penalties that have hurt the team in the last two games, but he also got away with something that should have been called last night. Of course, Hockey Twitter is there to render its verdict, which is probably that Brad Marchand should be executed.
First, let’s look at the incident. With 1:01 remaining in the third period after a very hectic bout of play and during a stoppage, Brad Marchand went up behind Columbus’ Scott Harrington and hit him in the back of the head. These two teams have had some scrappy moments each game. Oliver Bjorkstrand has a hate-on for Torey Krug, a man who lacks 3 inches on him but has the 12 pound advantage and has upended him several times. Brad keeps taking the bait and acting like the Brad that we know and sometimes love.
Here’s Brad Marchand being his ratty self 🐀🙄 pic.twitter.com/c5J37G5MZO
— Hockey Central (@HockeyCentraI) May 1, 2019
First, let’s see what a man who enjoys truculence, Brian Burke, thinks about this rat-like behavior.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 1, 2019
Not really a surprise about his saying that it doesn’t need supplemental discipline. And he’s right because honestly, that isn’t going to do something to make him learn to stop doing this.
How about noted dirtbag and current Botox and filler enthusiast Sean Avery thinks about it:
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) May 1, 2019
It makes me uncomfortable that he both likes it and calls it a dirty hit. But that means it was definitely wrong and Brad is lucky to have not been penalized for it.
Oh noes, someone in the press, yes USA Today is a news source, calling for a suspension!
Brad Marchand has a problem, and he needs to be reprimanded yet again. If the NHL's Department of Player Safety doesn’t suspend him, then it has become an enabler for his behavior. https://t.co/rXImxvjlef
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) May 1, 2019
The actual news from the NHL Department of Player Safety.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) May 1, 2019
Another couple of media takes:
As @Aportzline reported, no discipline will be handed out to Boston's Brad Marchand. I will buck the media majority. The punch, as greasy as it was, wasn't forceful enough to warrant supplemental discipline. Should have been a penalty.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 1, 2019
NHL will not be adding any Supp. Discipline for Brad Marchand after last night. But rest assured, the Bruins will deal with his antics, just as they did with the licking episodes during the 2018 playoffs. This will be dealt with internally. #StanleyCupPlayoffs
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 1, 2019
The team absolutely need to counsel him on this. Have Bruce take him out for a beer and have a heart-to-heart. Tell him he’s more valuable when he produces goals and not when he does sneaky, bad shit like this.
Finally, a rando that has the typical response of most of Hockey Twitter. poor Ty Anderson is trying to do the good work of dealing with these types who tweet at him. He’s going to burn out because no one cares what random people of Twitter think.
@NHL if Brad Marchand is not deserving of a suspension for punching a player in the back of the head then no one should ever be suspended. In Florida, this is called misdemeanor battery. He is a disgusting example of an NHL player. pic.twitter.com/1Mwnj8CWqD
— Kenny Petrillo (@Ken_Sirens) May 1, 2019
Let’s be clear, Brad shouldn’t have hit Harrington, no matter how frustrated and annoyed he was. Brad is a better player than this. He needs to find a way to break through not break heads and eventually pay the price for that.
Quit it, Brad and score some fucking goals!