The Tampa Bay Lightning has found a way to take over the second round series against the Boston Bruins, winning Game 3 by the final score of 4-1 last night, hence taking the lead in the series. The Bruins will need to find a way to get back in the game and show up for the fourth contest of the series, and top forward Brad Marchand is one of the players would will need to do more.
He may have been on the ice for the Patrice Bergeron's goal yesterday - the only tally the Bruins managed to score - but Marchand hit the headlines again last night for other reasons. At the end of the first period, when the Lightning was already leading 3-1 in the game, the gritty Bruins forward caught the attention of all the fans at the TD Garden with one classic old-school check.
In between both of the players' benches, Marchand delivered a classic old-school hip check on Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi, who went flying in the air past his team's bench. When the veteran blue liner finally got up to give Marchand a piece of his mind, the Bruins top player managed to get under his skin, right before the break, so Girardi could sit in his dressing room, frustrated with his opponent.
Take a look at the great hip check given by Marchand in the video here below:
While Marchand show up and kept his act of pissing opponents off and getting under their skin, it did not stop the Bolts from winning the third game of the series. Before last night's contest, Tampa Bay was 6-31-4 with five ties in 46 regular-season games at TD Garden since it opened in 1995, including 0-2-0 this season, and 1-3 in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.
So this victory did make them feel better about themselves.
However, Tampa Bay will need to keep facing a fired up Marchand, who will not stop delivering powerful checks and hits and get into the heads of his rivals. The Bruins will need to get a better start at home for Game 4, but it is reassuring to see that Marchand is ready for anything: even bringing some good ole hockey tricks!