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Must see TV: Marchand and Subban get it on

Oct 27, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

Brad Marchand AP

You just had a feeling that there would be fireworks flying when the Bruins and Canadiens renewed pleasantries this evening at TD Garden in Boston. The Boston media openly wondered if the Habs/Bruins rivalry is the best in the city this afternoon and the teams didn’t disappoint. After trying to fight for the better part of the second period, Brad Marchand and PK Subban dropped the gloves, helmets, and elbow pads as they met at center ice to punch each other in the face. The winner of the fight is up for debate; but the Habs got the last laugh as they went into Boston and escaped with a 2-1 victory for their second straight win on consecutive nights.

This is what happens when guys try to fight on TWO separate occasions only to be separated by the linesmen. When they finally got to fight, they made sure to get their money’s worth.

This isn’t the first time that Subban and Marchand have come together in a Habs/Bruins game. You may remember, last year PK Subban absolutely destroyed Marchand with an open ice body check that may have been the best hit of the 2010-11 season. A quick refresher:

I know there are people that say they don’t like fighting hockey—but it didn’t look like anyone was heading for the exits when Marchand and Subban were throwing down…

  1. nhlbruins90 - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    This was a great hockey fight! The building was absolutely electrified.

    Marchand and Subban are two birds of a feather. They play the same way and the home fans love ‘em, the opposing fans hate ‘em. They both have their flaws and occasionally go over the line. They’re still young guys, still learning what it takes to be in the league. But seeing these two guys go at it, mano a mano, in an honest match, was great. Subban’s post game interview was also good stuff.

    For those who prattle on about how fighting drags down the sport … hogwash! Ali himself would appreciate this match.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      It wasn’t a great hockey fight. More like a solid wrestling match with a couple of attempted swings. I do like the fact that they had been chirpin’ away in the sin bin and had this planned ha. Good stuff.

      • nhlbruins90 - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM

        Well, I get your point. It wasn’t a classic fight. But they went mano a mano, no cheap stuff and in the end it was a draw. Subban is bigger than Marchand, but the guys have that same swagger when they play, so I can’t think of two guys I’d like to see go at it any more than these two. They were chirpin’ at each other and were able to get it out of their system, and the game went on.

        It would have been nice if the fight gave the B’s some momentum. They are in trouble now. I see a trade coming down the pike.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:28 AM

        Yeah. If it had been more of a swinging battle I’d have enjoyed it more, but as it was, that was still great to see. Good to know the old rivalries are alive and well. And like icelovinbrotha said – it’s always great seeing guys plan a fight from the box after the refs cut them off too soon. =D

  2. warpstonebc - Oct 28, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    It’s always fun to watch Marchand take a hit.

    • bcjim - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:12 AM

      And taking a few to the face, oddly enough, might actually make him look better.

      • savoirlaire - Oct 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        So warpstone and jim, why did your faggot team bite his finger then?

  3. mgp1219 - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    warpstone & jim,

    I guess you forgot how Marchand made a bitch out of one of the sedin sisters during the Cup finals with a flurry of jabs that no one on your team did anything about.

    At least Marchand doesn’t back down. like subbandoes when a player his own size challenges him, yet he has no problem fighting a much smaller man. Typical of montreal & vancouver players. Like I’ve said, vancouver = montreal west.

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