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Bruins’ Marchand accuses JVR of spearing him in ‘the privates’

May 1, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT

Sure, the Boston Bruins sapped a lot of the drama out of Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs by pummeling them 4-1, but that didn’t leach all of the sass from the contest. Not when Brad Marchand is involved.

When asked why he swung his stick “like a sword” at Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk on Wednesday, Marchand provided quite the accusation to’s Joe Haggerty.

“He speared me in the privates,” Marchand said.

Apparently Marchand, 24, uses the same terms as elderly people. Don’t act like you’re not entertained. captures the moment in GIF glory:


The claims of poor behavior didn’t stop there. Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle accused Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton of leaving the bench illegally when things got rough at the end of the game, according to Rogers Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston.

So, long story short, these two teams still really don’t like each other. Stay tuned, especially if this series becomes competitive as it already is combative.

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Discuss the game.

Carlyle: “We self-destructed.”

  1. nunan - May 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Everyone is fine…

    • imleftcoast - May 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Keeping the helmet and visor on. Man, those Bruins are tough.

      • nunan - May 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        maybe the dumbest comment today…you know JVR wears a visor? Along with so many other players in the league…’imleftcoast’…more like ‘imanidiot’. Yup..

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    C’mon! Marchand! Stop whining. You give a little and you take a little.

    • imleftcoast - May 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Did he stab him in the coochie? Marchand is such a loser.

  3. wethog66 - May 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    The Nose got speared in the privates? Couldn’t of happened to a more deserving person.

    • belasontom - May 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Its “couldn’t have”. You fool.

      • wethog66 - May 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        This is a blog about hockey, not some community college site you frequent. Take your grammar lessons and shove them up your ass.

  4. packerswin96 - May 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    The Nose has privates?

    • thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      You know what they say about big noses.

  5. dt58 - May 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I’d like to kick him in the privates!!! Seriously though, it’s for the best, some people just shouldn’t reproduce.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      I was thinking the same thing.

  6. dumbassgreg - May 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    the only person allowed too touch the alter boys junk is father julien . lmao

    • govtminion - May 2, 2013 at 9:51 AM


    • belasontom - May 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Who’s altering what?

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - May 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    What’s this? The Bruins playing dirty and then crying about other teams playing dirty after the game?

    Nope, no signs of the apocalypse here folks. Everything is perfectly normal.

    • thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM


  8. dmfc1112 - May 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Dear Karma,

    why are you always picking on me??

  9. hawkeedawg - May 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

  10. sheckyrimshot - May 2, 2013 at 1:54 AM

  11. jacketsfan7 - May 2, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Wear a cup

    • sabatimus - May 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      You’re implying he wasn’t? Did you check his jock yourself?

  12. titansbro - May 2, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Pretty weak move by JVR. Hitting another man in the junk is a biyatch move.

    • elvispocomo - May 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Marginal to call that a spear at best. You can see he was just coming over the boards and the blade of his stick was hanging on the boards. Once he pulls it past the boards, the blade drops and the butt end rises a little.

      Can’t fault JVR for that, and a normal sized human being that would have hit the knees, not the crotch (and it certainly wasn’t hard in any event).

      • thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        It looked intentional to me, mostly because JVR was so persistent about not noticing what happened. If you’re surprised by contact, you’ll turn to see what you hit, but JVR kept his head solidly pointed in another direction, even after Marchand swung at him. Looked like a bit of acting to me.

        “(and it certainly wasn’t hard in any event)”
        I think with that region, it doesn’t need to be. Youch. Now I’m thinking of poor Patrick Thoreson. NEVER FORGET (even if you try really hard to).

      • elvispocomo - May 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Maybe I’ll give you he helped it along a little, but was the reaction seriously warranted for Marchand? He’s got a cup on, and pads, and the stick is coming from the side, so I doubt that hurt him more than having ‘champian’ tattooed on his arm.

      • elvispocomo - May 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Let me put it this way, Sami Salo laughs at Marchand’s minor groinal discomfort.

  13. cspsrbums - May 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Coming from the dirtiest team in the NHL

  14. ballistictrajectory - May 2, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Burke should be happy. There was a great deal of truculence on the ice last night.

    • thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Marchand and JVR should rent a barn and settle this once and for all.

  15. dropthepuckeh - May 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I guess Marchand got the last laugh in that battle. Just wait until his line cranks it up and gets on the score sheet. Did Kessel piss himself when Marchand was getting after him? NIce to see a good beat down in the playoffs instead of the 2-1 OT grinders. Welcome to the playoffs Leafs, too bad you couldn’t show up for the game…..

  16. hosewater2 - May 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Marchand didn’t make contact, but he should be suspended for swinging his stick so recklessly. That just has no place in the game. Guy is a rat pure and simple.

  17. dt58 - May 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Wow, a lot of “homer” Bruin fans in here I guess. It’s all good when it’s Marchand doing his stupid sh!t but he gets a little back and we get crying like there is no tomorrow. No wonder everyone thinks so highly of this p!ss poor organization. Bring on the “thumbs down” hypocrites

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