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Bruins GM defends Brad Marchand

Updated: January 10, 2012, 2:08 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien took exception to abrasive comments made by Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault and GM Mike Gillis about Bruins forward Brad Marchand for his hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.

After the Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Canucks in their Stanley Cup finals rematch Saturday, Julien said Marchand was protecting himself when he hit Salo, a remark that enraged the Canucks.

"That's a stupid comment," ...

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