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Brad Marchand keeps cool head, draws penalty from Justin Williams

Justin Williams was whistled for a penalty after he grabbed Brad Marchand‘s chin strap. Jim Davis /Globe Staff/Globe Staff

In his second-period dustup with Justin Williams, Brad Marchand was shown holding his thumb and forefinger against his chest, in the shape of a “C.” He was apparently mocking Carolina’s captain for losing his composure.

Marchand, smiling, didn’t want to say much about it afterward. In Williams’s view, “C” stood for “commode.” His take on the loss:

“Sometimes you’ve got to eat a poop sandwich,” Williams said. “It doesn’t taste good, but you have to chew on it for a little bit. We’ll have to do it for a couple of days and get the taste out of our mouth the next game.”


Williams, 37, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, was “disappointed” in himself for taking a retaliation holding penalty — he undid Marchand’s chinstrap — after referees missed Marchand hooking him down.

“I’ve just got to know better,” Williams said. “I’m old enough, I should be able to know better.”

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