In case you missed it, the Boston Bruins were officially eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs yesterday in Game 5 of their second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After the game Bruins forward Brad Marchand stood before the throng of media in front of him, ready to own up for his disappointing play in the short five games series. Marchand, of course, inexplicably escaped punishment from the NHL after licking Lightning veteran Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the series. This after he gave Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov the same treatment in teams’ first round playoff matchup.
Ugh... that's still gross to watch.
Following the loss, Marchand opened up about his discussion with the league and had some strong words, calling the whole situation “stupid.”
Brad Marchand when I asked him about the NHL's statement outlawing the licking of other players: "It is what it is. I think it's pretty stupid...the whole situation. If that's what they want to do then that's what they want to do"
What’s the old saying about a tiger never changing his stripes?
Well… if there was ever any doubt about Marchand’s personality and “turning over a new leaf”, it was put to rest with his latest social media update. This morning, following last night’s devastating loss, Marchand had a simple update for his haters:
Kill ‘em with kindness, eh Brad? One question though, why not go with the tongue out emoji?
Again, love him or hate him… you have to admit that Brad Marchand is the NHL’s #1 troll. If nothing else, the NHL's biggest super pest was a supremely entertaining player to follow this post season. Not only for his antics on and off the ice, but also for putting up an impressive four goals and 17 points in 12 playoff games. Unfortunately for Marchand and the Bruins, the 29 year old sniper simply ran out of gas as the series wore on. His four point performance in Game 1 of the series was by far Marchand's best showing and in the end it wound up being the Bruins' only win in the series. He did manage a two point performance in a devastating Game 4 loss, but was effectively a no-show when the Bruins needed him most last night.