DETROIT – Brad Marchand had an eventful and, at times, painful night at Joe Louis Arena that nonetheless helped the Bruins skate away victorious in a 3-0 win in Game 3 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The Nose Face Killah didn’t factor into the scoring despite a two point night for linemate Patrice Bergeron, but had four generated shot attempts, one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot in 17:33 of ice time in a well-rounded night’s work.
Marchand also drew a tripping call on Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith when he skated into a leg-on-leg hit to the left knee area of the B’s left winger. The B’s agitator appeared to miss the full brunt of the unintentional hit, but wrenched his right knee when he landed on the ice.
Marchand stayed down for a few long moments while an incredulous Smith went to the box, and the winger momentarily went to the B’s dressing for treatment before returning a few minutes later. He indicated it was a scare more than anything else.
“It was more my other leg. I twisted my knee up a little bit when I landed there,” admitted Marchand following the game. “[It was] a little scare there. My leg was kind of tingling.”
Marchand also bore the brunt of the twitter critics at large, who immediately thought he was faking an injury after grabbing at his right knee once Smith had made contact with his left leg. A close review of the video showed that Marchand definitely landed awkwardly on his right leg, but that didn’t stop the twitter community at large from piling that Marchand was embellishing for a penalty kill.
Marchand had a message for his twitter critics, and it was actually pretty funny.
“That’s why they're on twitter, and I'm in the NHL,” said Marchand with the same smirk he employs while chirping opponents on the ice. “I twisted it when my other leg landed. That’s fine.”
Just chalk it up as another day for Marchand razzing opponents, twitter critics and usually ending up on the winning side when the final tally is made.