Morning Free Association: Everybody Hates Brad

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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.

First, let’s see what a man who enjoys truculence, Brian Burke, thinks about this rat-like behavior.

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:

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!

The actual news from the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Another couple of media takes:

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.

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!

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

My Chrome landed in guest mode and I nearly had a stroke. Luckily I googled how to fix my google and everything is GREAT now.

Anyway, hockey friends, I believe we are winning tonight.
– play the body
– don’t make the extra pass
– create traffic in front of Bobrovsky, jump on rebounds
– figure out a way to slow them the fuck down in the neutral zone
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

And also:
Clear.
The.
Fucking.
Puck.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

yes please, shouldn’t be that hard

CLARIFICATION:
PLEASE DO NOT CLEAR THE PUCK OVER THE GLASS

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Good point – It we’re telling the B’s what to do, we can’t let them get away with that loophole

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

One must be very specific when asking for hockey things

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Every team has a shit gibbon. Sports Twitter makes me tired.

FUCKING WIN TONIGHT BRUINS!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I hate how they’re acting like it’s SO DANGEROUS. That exact punch happens like 1000000 times during the season. And in beer league!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey!!! Arrrggghhhh!!! I thought I pasta-ed my comment, but I didn’t!!!! B rad has everyone distracted…. Maybe that will help. If you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance, baffle ’em with bullshit!I
Bruins need to win… TONIGHT!!!!!! Do it!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Folks do like a distraction don’t they? I really don’t get all the fuss over this. There’s cheap shots all the time in hockey.

I guess it’s because it’s him.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Who is this mysterious stranger?!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Yeah! Who the hell are you?????

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

:-). And Hi!!!!!!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Keeps the Bruins from having to answer tough questions like “What can this team do to overcome the Geico walrus in Columbus’ net????

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Have you ever seen a team use an extremely large goalie? I guess there must be rules about how big the pads can be. I mean the chest protector and that, rather than the leg pads.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

100000% because it’s him

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yep. That and Leafs fans trying to convince themselves that Kadri isn’t so bad by comparison.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yeah, Leafs fans do seem to be kicking up the most fuss.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I found this thread to be a useful discussion with pretty good common sense from the blue-checkmark crowd.


And of course a Leafs fan whining “Kadri got 5 games for a harmless cross-check, but this little jab was so super dangerous!”
… you know, that cross-check to a guy’s face that knocked him out of the game and the next practice)
Actually, the majority of the over-reactions are coming from Leafs fans.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Leafs fans!!!!! Bwahahahahaha!!!!! They have nothing else to do!!!!! Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!