Alright, where to begin?! There were so many hot issues to handle for media members facing Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy during his press conference on Saturday, a day after the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-3 overtime win in Game 4 on the second round series.
The licking-gate, courtesy of Brad Marchand. The injury to star defenseman Torey Krug, oh and let's not forget the debate on the officiating of the fourth contest of the series. No matter what you pick, there are a lot of emotions here.
To get it out of the way, yes, Cassidy made one short and sweet statement on his star player, Brad Marchand, who was told to stop licking opponents or he will face punishment. On Friday night during Game 4 of the second round match up between the aforementioned Bruins and Lightning, Marchand tried to hip check Lightning veteran Ryan Callahan. The hit ended up catching the Bolts forward quite close to the knee, and he was not happy about it. However, he was even more infuriated when Marchand licked his face from the chin up during another altercation between the two men.
His head coach made one thing clear: “Brad has to stop licking. That’s the end of the story.”
To the point. We bet that Marchand knows what is at stake now, and bad news will be coming to him if he doesn't stop this antics...
His report got more sober when Cassidy had to give further details on the injury of Krug, who left the game last night after falling awkwardly into the boards. Krug was engaged in a battle for the puck with Lightning forward Alex Killorn when he appeared to lose his balance. The forward momentum of his fall as well as the momentum of Killorn behind him propelled Krug into the boards in somewhat of a seated position. His foot and ankle buckle almost immediately upon impact with the boards and Krug's body language immediately revealed that something was very wrong.
"He’s out [for Game 5]. He’s still getting evaluated, but doesn’t look good that it will be short term," explained Cassidy in his press conference. The head coach added that Nick Holden will enter the lineup and play alongside Adam McQuaid for Sunday's contest. He also added that Krug will not be making the trip to Tampa.
Last night, Cassidy couldn't resist taking a stab at the officials last night for another controversial call that was made on the Bolt's third period goal. There seemed to be a hooking penalty on the Nikita Kucherov's game-tying goal, that eventually pushed the game in overtime.
“We seem to be going down this road a lot lately with these non calls.”
"We're human beings. It's game after game after game. To me, the calls — you look at the Acciari penalty — it's unbelievable. Charlie is a strong guy. There was no call and that's that. They made the play to win it in overtime. They won a puck battle along the wall and made a play."
Cassidy's head is probably spinning with everything taking place but let's hope for Bruins fans he stays focused on the job at hand : winning the next game and coming back to Boston.