Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Julien: Everything Marchand does isn't bad
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand was called for boarding at 15:28 of the second period during Boston’s 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Marchand, who’s had a difficult few days after his on-ice antics Saturday night in Vancouver, hit the Flames’ Sean Monahan from behind and was penalized. After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien thought it deserved only a two-minute penalty.
“I look at that hit and it’s a two-minute penalty. And I don’t think he was going in there looking to injure the guy,” Julien said. “He was going to hit and the guy turned and how he got him deserved a two-minute penalty but that’s as much as it is.
“I don’t want us to start thinking that everything Brad does is bad. It’s a two-minute [penalty] like a lot of other two minutes. Not any worse than all the high sticks our guys took to the face tonight. So he took the two minutes, went to the box and served it.”
During Boston’s 6-2 loss to the Canucks Saturday night at Rogers Arena, Marchand mockingly kissed and hoisted an imaginary Stanley Cup, and kissed his phantom Stanley Cup ring during the game, which did not go over well with the Canucks players and fans, or Boston’s coach. The Bruins defeated the Canucks in the Cup finals in Vancouver in 2011.
Julien said he would deal with Marchand’s antics internally.