All hockey players step up their game for the playoffs, and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is elevating his own particular style of game.
During Tuesday night’s game in the Bruins’ second-round matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Marchand punched an unsuspecting Scott Harrington in the back of the head, well after the play had been blown dead.
After a scrum in front of the Sergei Bobrovsky’s net, Marchand ended up to the left of the net. When the referees’ attention was elsewhere, he punched Harrington in the back of the head and started skating back to his bench.
Marchand was penalized for a cross-check in the second period but no penalty was called on the Harrington incident. While it’s doubtful the Bruins will lose Marchand for a suspension, it is possible Marchand will lose some money for a fine for this fine display of sportsmanship.
The Bruins eventually lost to the Jackets 2-1, falling behind in the series 2-1 as well.
This wasn’t the first display of Marchand’s particular skillset.
Earlier in the CBJ series, Marchand broke Cam Atkinson’s stick at a faceoff instead of trying to break the back of someone’s skull.
Marchand also instigated a fight during the Bruins’ first-round series against the Leafs when he went after Auston Matthews.
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