Marchand fires back at diving accusations


Marchand fires back at diving accusations

WILMINGTON, Mass In the case of the Brad Marchand vs. the People that Think Hes a Diver, the feisty agitating forward fired back against his critics on Tuesday afternoon.

The Little Ball of Hate has been accused of diving and embellishing at several different points in the series by the Washington peanut gallery, and he was none too pleased about it.

The most notable diving accusations in the series: 1) An accidental blow near the visor from Karl Alzner in Game 3 that sent Marchand tumbling to the ice, and 2) a blindside hit from Jason Chimera in Game 6 that sent him spinning like he was on the Tea Cups at Disney World.

Marchand absorbed a Chimera spear to the groin that awarded the Bruins a power play in a vicious Game 3 victory, but he was derided by Washington Capitals fans as a flopper after that vitriolic contest.

For a Bruins team that has always prided itself on rising above the world of diving, flopping finesse teams like the Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks, its the ultimate Scarlet Letter in hockey.

Marchand said he was moving on from any accusations of diving, and had the medical care to prove it wasnt a figment of his imagination.

I got cut there. I got a stitch, said Marchand, referencing his lip that was bloodied after the Chimera play. Whether it was a penalty or not that doesnt really matter. The game is over.

Marchand was asked whether it was his own stick that nicked him in the mouth and created the bloody lip.

I dont know. I havent seen the replay, said Marchand. I dont really know what happened. I didnt even see him coming. I was focused on Backstrom. I dont really know what hit me. It doesnt matter at this point.

The Game 3 incident forced Alzner to apologize postgame for the dangerous play.

"I didnt think he was going to stop short as I was bracing for a hit, and when he did my elbow hit him up in his visor," Alzner said. "I was like, Oh no, I hope that doesnt get me a penalty and it was really fortunate because it could have been much worse. I could see by his expression that he didnt see it coming at all. Im not that that type of player and I wanted to make sure Marchand knew that after the game.

Ive had other guy say my bad to me when Ive been hit like that before, so I wanted to make sure I extended that courtesy to somebody else. Marchand is one of the few guys on the Bruins that I know, so I wanted to make sure he knew it wasnt purposeful.

Later on in Tuesdays media scrum Marchand was asked about the diving allegations a second time, and this time he let loose against the Capitals fans that have criticized him.

For them to judge what knocks you down, they don't know your balance or whatnot on the play, Marchand told They're sitting at home watching on TV. I don't really care what they say. They have no impact on my game, my life. They mean nothing."

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 


Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.