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Fired-up Brad Marchand questions his misconduct call

An irate Brad Marchand (center) was halfway to the dressing room before returning to give the referees a piece of his mind after being assessed a 10-minute game misconduct penalty late in the third period. Barry Chin/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

It was nothing that Brad Marchand had ever seen.

The left wing tried to pick off a puck in the air Monday, leading to a whistle that blew the play dead. In frustration, he fired the puck off the boards. He was given a 10-minute misconduct.

He wasn’t happy.

And, after he left the ice to go down the tunnel, he tried to return, before being restrained by Tuukka Rask. His next move was to take a stick to the stick rack.

Marchand said he was not given an explanation for the misconduct call, nor had he ever seen a misconduct given in that situation.


Asked how surprised he was that the call happened, Marchand said, “Very.”

The misconduct left the Bruins without Marchand for the final 4:16 of their 6-4 loss to the Blue Jackets. When he was tossed, the Bruins were down by two goals. They closed to within one on a Loui Eriksson score. They did not get closer.

“No comments on that stuff,” coach Claude Julien said, when asked about the penalty. “Doesn’t matter, guys. There’s more important things in this game than that call right now.”

Hit stings

Before the game, Marchand tried to find the best way to dance around the question. He was asked about Sidney Crosby’s hit on Nicolas Deslauriers in Sunday’s game between the Penguins and the Sabres, a hit in which Crosby appeared to go down low as Deslauriers approached before flipping the Sabre over onto the ice.

“That cost me a lot of money, that hit,” Marchand said, after a long pause and with a grin on his face. “Yeah, I saw it.”

Marchand was referring to his hit on Mark Borowiecki from December, a hit that resulted in a three-game suspension for Marchand and did not allow him to play in the Winter Classic.


When contacted about the comparison, the Department of Player Safety referred the Globe to a play by Marchand from June 8, 2011, when Marchand ducked to avoid a hit from the Canucks’ Daniel Sedin .

In that hit, as in the Crosby play, Marchand was essentially stationary and went down to avoid the hit from the approaching Sedin. He did not receive any discipline for flipping Sedin.

In the Borowiecki case, the Bruins left wing moved toward Borowiecki for the hit, following the definition of clipping that includes “the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent.”

Crosby, who was not penalized and did not receive any supplementary discipline, was stationary by the benches when he delivered his hit on Deslauriers.

The hit on Borowiecki, which was defined as clipping by the Department of Player Safety cost Marchand $164,634.15, which went to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Marchand was also suspended for another similar hit in January 2012 on Sami Salo, which cost him five games and $152,439.02.

“That’s not up to me to decide,” Marchand said, after a long pause, when asked about the decision on the Crosby hit. “Very similar hit and I thought maybe they’d take a look at it, but they didn’t. That’s their discretion.”

Power cycle

When the puck went in at 13:24 of the second period against Dallas, Torey Krug had his eye on the clock. Marchand had scored his second goal of the game, cutting the Stars’ lead to one, but Krug had something else on his mind.


“I think Marshy’s power-play goal was scored with a couple seconds left on the power play and I just kept asking guys to make sure it was a power-play goal,” Krug said. “It was huge for us, to gain some confidence back. A big night, for sure, but you can’t just be content with that.”

In fact, there was exactly one second left on the penalty to Vernon Fiddler for high-sticking.

The Bruins had come into the game against the Stars having gone 0 for 19 on the road trip on the power play, and had scored just one goal in their last 36 chances on the man advantage. They went 3 for 6 on Saturday.

“We talk about it all the time, how well we moved the puck and how many chances we’ve had,” Krug said. “I think in Winnipeg it might have been our best power plays of the year in terms of getting the chances and the looks that we had. We just didn’t have the finish.

“It was definitely starting to get frustrating, but you can’t let that creep into your game, especially into other parts of the game. I think five-on-five is so crucial for this hockey team, so we can’t just rely on power play, but down the road it’s going to win us some games for sure, so we definitely want to start capitalizing on it.”

The biggest factor in that game appeared to be getting some netfront presence for second-chance shots, something they hadn’t gotten enough of in earlier games.


“We talk about obviously getting our shots through and not just hitting the net but making sure we have guys around the net to make sure there are second chances,” Krug said. “It’s hard for those first shots to go in and a lot of times goals on the power play are scored on rebounds. I thought we connected well on that.”

A second look

There were two coach’s challenges in the game, one by the Blue Jackets on Eriksson’s first-period goal and one by the Bruins on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal. Both calls on the ice were upheld, with each team losing its challenge.

Said Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, “Just get rid of the coach’s challenge. Just get rid of it. The whole being of the coach’s challenge is to get it right. If we can’t get it right on that call, then get rid of the whole coach’s challenge because all I did was waste a timeout.

“It’s discouraging that — that is a no-brainer call. So if they vote again for it, no coach’s challenge as far as this organization is concerned.”

Asked if he knows what is going to happen when the play goes to review, Tortorella said, “I don’t know what the [heck] is going to happen, quite honestly . . . Because it’s a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Krug back at it

Torey Krug did not appear to suffer any after-effects from the hit by Jason Demers that knocked him out of Saturday’s game. He was a full participant in the team’s morning skate Monday. “I feel fine,” Krug said. “I haven’t seen it to be honest, so probably looked a lot worse than it was. I feel fine.” Krug was asked if all the elements of his game were fine, including shooting. He said, “Yup. Hopefully they’ll go in now. Fixed it. ‘Rookie of the Year,’ right?” The movie allusion was a nod to Krug’s scoring woes. He has just three goals this season and has not scored since Dec. 5 in Vancouver . . . Joe Morrow recorded two assists against Columbus, the second straight game he has had 2 points. That marks the first time in his career that he has had points in consecutive games . . . Ryan Spooner returned after missing Saturday’s game because of an illness . . . The scratches were Zach Trotman, Tyler Randell, and Max Talbot.


Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.