Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

The Brad Marchand Show is back with a new victim

The Brad Marchand Show is back with a new victim

Brad Marchand was back in the news this week, and it was for all the wrong reasons.

"I think the only thing that'd be a little different is the final execution part", fourth-line forward Sean Kuraly said. The feisty left-winger managed to play seven games against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 1 without taking a penalty, but has already been whistled for a cross-checking and high-sticking minor in this series - both of which led to Columbus power-play goals.

Brad Marchand admitted after the fact that popping Columbus defenseman Scott Harrington in the back of his helmeted head was "an unnecessary play" in the waning moments of the Bruins' Game 3 loss to the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets Have Won 13-of-15 Games Dating Back to March 24th. Marchand, who has been suspended six times throughout his career, was widely criticized on social media for the cheap shot on an unsuspecting player on his knees. The under is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 14 goals on 222 shots faced.

"The secondary saves that he's making are very impressive, but he's going to crack at some point", Carlo told reporters.

"They just gotta stick with it", said Cassidy on Tuesday."I know they haven't scored and we're going to need them to score, but we found other ways to win without them hitting the scoresheet and that's what we're gonna have to do until they do". We've had some great opportunities today throughout all three periods to put pucks behind him.

The Blue Jackets took out the NHL's best team in the first round.

As you can see here, the Blue Jackets are down low on a Bruins power play, not allowing a bumper to skate in and move the puck through the area. "Games go on, and I'll worry about the next one". During the playoffs, Boston is 2nd in power play conversions at 30.8% and 9th in penalty kill at 77.8%. Because of that, they were right to let the goal stand and not review it. Bergeron picked up his second goal off a rebound with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.

Marchand isn't likely to get much benefit of the doubt at this stage - not from referees Chris Rooney and Gord Dwyer in Game 4, and not from the NHL's department of player safety should he cross the line in more egregious fashion than he did with the Harrington jab. That act earned him five games off. "There is frustration when top guys don't score". Once you're in there, you'll get some O-zone time.

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