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Marchand on everyone who’s calling him a diver: “They mean nothing”

Apr 24, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

Marchand spinning

Brad Marchand doesn’t like being called a diver by Washington Capitals fans.

The Boston forward has been facing criticism since getting spun around (or spinning himself around, depending how you saw it) by Jason Chimera on Sunday.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, Chimera scored seconds later, the goal coming in part because Marchand was taken (or took himself) out of the play.

Today, Marchand fired back at everyone who’s been accusing him of embellishing on the play.

“For them to judge what knocks you down, they don’t know your balance or whatnot on the play,” he told reporters, as per “They’re sitting at home watching on TV. I don’t really care what they say. They have no impact on my game, my life. They mean nothing.”

Marchand also said he got cut on the play and has the stitch to prove it.

So why is he so mad about the accusations?’s Joe Haggerty has a theory:

“For a Bruins team that has always prided itself on rising above the world of diving, flopping finesse teams like the [Montreal] Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks it’s the ultimate Scarlet Letter in hockey,” writes Haggerty.

You can watch the video below and decide for yourself. I think it was probably one of those “it was both” plays. Chimera made some contact, but Marchand added a little pizazz once he knew he was going down.

Related: Patrice Bergeron doesn’t know what you’re talking about when it comes to Brad Marchand diving

  1. jbrunnels - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    So… He “has the stitch to prove it”…


    • emoser - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Seriously. “The” stitch? What, did he cut himself shaving? I don’t think that dive was as bad as the Penguins’ constant head whipping given that he was at least actually hit, but it was definitely a dive.

  2. brian32556 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    There’s barely contact. He obviously embellished. So what he got cut! Don’t fall down so hard next time you buffoon!

    • rg3isvictory - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      I bet he bit his tongue when he landed on the ice and now he has proof. Even my wife laughed when she saw the dive! I’m not surprised by Marchand but I would imagine the Bruins straightened him out after his acting resulted in a goal!

  3. bleed4philly - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    He’s just mad cause he’s guilty. And now he’s denying it.

  4. chasemutley - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    From judging by the comments on the other posts, it looks like Boston fans don’t approve if his diving either. I wonder if he cares what they think.

  5. pastabelly - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Bruins fans hate divers. But that really isn’t part of Marchand’s game. This seems more isolated. I would expect that play and the reprecussions to motivate him. They need him to play well if they are serious about any kind of long playoff run.

  6. leepetertk - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    It is not the first time he has dived and it certainly won’t be the last. I can recall multiple times last year in the playoffs that he went down pretty soft resulting in a penalty against the opposing team. As a pest, Marchand is one of the most effective at his job. Love to play with him, hate to play against him. Talent around the net makes him even more effective.

  7. lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Or whatnot.

  8. dkphilly1122 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Marchand has always been a trash talking and acting nothing. I got nothing but respect as a Flyers fan for the rest of the Bruins, especially as Chara is one of my favorite players in Hockey and our teams always have great series, unlike with the Penguins and there fake fans.

  9. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    This is the attitude Marchant has always displayed, even as a kid. It’s why nobody in Hammonds Plains cares about him or any of his accomplishments. He does not care about the fans or anyone either. Just himself. No friends, just acquaintances. Unlikeable, loud, selfish kid.

  10. vanchuk - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    He’s got stitches cuz he bit his lip! There was no contact anywhere near his face! That’s the only cause of stitches I can think of. The “impact” of the “hit” didn’t even affect Chimera, I know he’s bigger, but to send Nose-face unintentionally spinning like a top would have to be enough impact to cause some sort of affect on Chimera, wouldn’t it?

    • scottybcboy - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      It was Backstrom’s stick that cut him open. There is a difference, all be it small, between diving and embellishing. Marchand clearly embellished to try to get a call.

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Oh yea? Well I’m taller than you haha. Take that!

  12. deweygroup - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Actually, if you freeze the video at the 42 second mark, you can see that the second Cap player catches Marchand with a stick to the face as he is spun around by Chimera. That is what causes the cut and also causes him to go down. It does not look intentional by any means, but I also don’t thing Marchand was diving. Just my opinion.

  13. mgp1219 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Bruins fan here…
    I think Marchand embellished more than dove, but either way it was wrong and it more than likely cost the Bruins a goal. I also don’t think he hot cut from the contact from Chimera, as it looks like Chimera slightly bumped him in the shoulder or possibly on Marchand’s raised arms. I am the first one to berate players from other teams that dive/embellish, so I’d like to tell Marchand to knock it off and play hockey before Jack Edwards yells at you to “Get Up!!!”

  14. mclovinhockey - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Embellished… Dove… He does this a lot. Between that and his ducking (3 times this year) I can honestly say this guy is the player who is least respected in the league.

  15. mrdrewstone - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Don’t worry Marchand, after the Bruins lose Wednesday, you can try out for the Canadian Olympic Diving team, I hear they’re looking for a first-class diver….eh?!

  16. mikehttr87 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Holy Diver!

  17. greedleague - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Can someone let me know if Ratface is really Tortorella’s illegitimate lovechild? A DNA test could clear it up, if he had any.

  18. daveydawg - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Big bs fan, and I’m swearing at him up and down…. He outta be benched for that crap… Send him to Montreal,he’ll fit right in….

  19. mornelithe - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    My my, this forum is full of aspiring Doctorate level Hockey fans. But, you need to study up a bit, the majority of mouth wounds are never sewn, because they tend to heal quickly. Only large gaping wounds (ergo, wounds that can collect bits of food) are sewn.

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