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Chimera apologizes to Marchand for spear to groin

Apr 17, 2012, 12:24 AM EDT

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Jason Chimera might just enter the Justifiable Apology Hall of Fame for this one: ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald reports that he told Brad Marchand he was sorry for hitting him below the belt.

Here’s a description of the scuffle from McDonald:

During a scrum in front of the Bruins’ net early in the third period, Chimera clearly struck Marchand in the groin area with his stick, sending Marchand to the ice in pain. He was attended to by team trainer Don Del Negro.

McDonald reports that Chimera approached Marchand in the hallway, saying “Sorry, man; You know I’m not like that.” Perhaps that’s true or at least smoothed things over, as Marchand wasn’t very happy before Chimera came to apologize.

“He was trying to be sneaky and do a cheap shot,” Marchand said before talking with Chimera. “The ref caught him and that’s all that matters.”

Chimera received a two-minute minor for slashing. It sounds like Marchand will be able to shake off this, um, “lower-body injury.”

  1. bensawesomeness - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    +1 for being a big enough man to admit your mistakes (perticularly when it comes to this type of ‘lower-body injury’)

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Some faith in humanity has been restored.

  3. habsman - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Good thing the Bruins have Dr. Recchi.

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:01 AM

      Um… He retired last year, so no they don’t. Good to see you keep on keepin’ on though.

    • crmgoodness - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:11 AM

      How do you say? Spin Spin Spin. Another cheapshot by a player playing the bruins justifield by the angry habsman. Tired, old and lacking in imagination. I mean this is a softball (pun intended) lobbed to you to make a decent witty post and all you can come up with is one of the old habsman stand bys. Get some new material or a hobby.

      • crmgoodness - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM


  4. taytay099 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    /avoiding eye contact
    “Hey, um… I’m sorry for uhhh.. you know.. spearing you in the groin, man.”

  5. hockeyflow33 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    He’s lucky he wasn’t called for spearing like he should have been. Could have been two match penalties for the Caps

  6. pastabelly - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Washington’s game lacked discipline. It was a cheap gutless game and a change from what they were doing so well. In that respect, it was also stupid.

  7. revansrevenant - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Good for him for apologizing. That really should have been a five minute major for spearing instead of two for slashing though.

  8. matthews4 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Wonder if it was the other way around would there be a suspension. This year’s playoffs has proven there is a bias almost in every situation.

  9. getlockedout - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Chimera didn’t apologize. Alzner apologized for an elbow to the face earlier in the game

  10. 8spokedb - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Chimera did apologize to marchant in hallway after the game. Maybe Alzner apologized too but its too little too late. They woke the sleepy Bruins up, they start playing chippy and the Bruins finally start scoring. Its no coincidence, the more physical the game the better the Bruins play. The Caps should of stuck with their game plan from games 1 and 2 because now the series isn’t getting past 6 games.

    • getlockedout - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      from joe mcdonald’s twitter account: he admitted to messing up, chimera didn’t apologize.

      ESPNJoeyMac: Chimera was waiting for Marchand near the Bruins’ team bus after the game and offered an apology for the spear to the groin.”

      ESPNJoeyMac: Big screw up on my part, folks. It was Alzner who apologized to Marchand after the game and not Chimera.”

  11. mclovinhockey - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    That was big of him. Very dirty though, if there is any player in the league who deserved it this much its Marchand. Karma came at him for all those ducks… And boy did it hit him in the worst possible area. Ouch, but like I said, this was not Marchand being dirty, it’s chimara, classless move followed up by a classy move.

  12. mgp1219 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Chimera is afraid. He’s hoping his apology will spare him the wrath of players his own size.

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