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Monday, April 23, 2012
Teammates stand behind Marchand

By James Murphy

BOSTON -- Bruins winger Brad Marchand has taken plenty of criticism for what many fans and media believed was a dive that led to a second-period goal by Capitals forward Jason Chimera that tied Sunday's Game 6 at 2-2.

Marchand and Chimera criss-crossed, with Marchand ending up on the ice cut and bleeding as the play went the opposite way for the goal. There appeared to be minimal contact on the play, and many wondered whether Marchand was trying to draw a penalty on the Capitals. His teammates didn’t believe that to be the case and said Marchand isn’t that type of player.

“To be honest, I saw him on the ice but I didn’t see how it happened,” forward Gregory Campbell said. “Marchy walks a fine line and he competes. Not having seen the play it’s tough for me to comment on it, but it’s playoff hockey and every little play matters. I know he competes and he plays the game hard. That’s all we see from Marchy, and Marchy does his best in big games.”

Alternate captain Patrice Bergeron also defended his teammate.

“I don’t have anything to say with it to be honest with you,” Bergeron said. “I didn’t see him dive, but Marchy plays the game hard, plays the game with a lot of pride, and last year was a huge reason why we went all the way. I’m very happy to have him on my side.”