Not long after Bruins wing Brad Marchand was tripped by Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith in the second period of Game 3 of their playoff series Tuesday, he was accused in online stories and on social media of faking an injury.
Marchand was hit on his left leg and somersaulted to the ice. As he lay on his back, he clutched his right knee, and then was helped off the ice and went to the dressing room. He returned shortly after that. Smith received a penalty for tripping.
Marchand said he twisted his right knee.
“It was more my other leg. I twisted my knee up a little bit when I landed there. [It was] a little scare there. My leg was kind of tingling,” Marchand said, according to a report from CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.
Marchand also responded to those who presumed he was flopping.
“That’s why they’re on Twitter and I’m in the NHL,” he said.