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Video: Chris Kunitz, Brad Marchand exchange blows

Jun 5, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

The old bit of hockey wisdom is that referees often catch the retaliation, but not the infraction that inspired the revenge. It’s not always fair, but it does seem like a good thing to keep in mind.

In the case of a Game 3 exchange in the third period, officials actually caught both. Brad Marchand seemed to trip Chris Kunitz, prompting a slash from the Pittsburgh Penguins forward:

Both received a two-minute minor penalty for their actions, so most people were probably satisfied.

  1. cavafox - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Uhh trip. He was going for a knee. Boston has no room to complain about Cooke with Marchand.

    • scottybcboy - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Ya, because tripping a guy is as bad a an elbow to the head from the blindside…..c’mon man!

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        i knee reconstruction could be just as bad as a concussion if they end a career.

    • nhloon - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      you have the slightest of points. Cooke us an animal, he belongs elsewhere.

      • hockey412 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Lucic was literally choking a man on the ice last night. What say you to that?

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Besides that Crosby stinks right now

  3. bobhuong1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I bet Cindy was mad when he read this.

  4. dboldave - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Dirty play by Marchand. Marchand has yet to hurt anyone and put himself in the same category as Cooke. If he keeps doing things like this though, he will hurt someone and will have earned that dirty player label. Walking close to the line is one thing, going over is quite another.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      so you’re saying if steve moore wasnt crippled, or if savard didnt have to see double for the rest of his life then bertuzzi and cooke would just be walking a line? i personally dont think an injury should determine the label. i agree that cooke has been a dirty player, his body of work supports that but so does marchand’s play. even if you just look at his “big” incidents and ignore the game by game little crap he does, he has crossed the line despite not ending someone’s career yet. marchand wants to play like lucic but his size wont let him do it, he cant throw a big hit like a lucic can. he resorts to leg sweeps, slew foots, and knees to try to outright hurt people instead. he’s got a napolean complex. look at a guy like rinaldo for philly, he’s about marchand’s size and he has the same complex…difference is rinaldo fights (even though he loses most of the time) and doesnt cheapshot people’s legs. marchand is a weasel and a dirty player, somebody will risk it to give him what he deserves one of these days. there’s a lot of guys in this league who would love to make a name for themselves by putting guys like him in the ground

      • dboldave - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        I’m saying that what Marchand did was dirty and I wish he’d knock it off. It’s one thing to try to get under people’s skin and another to try to injure them. And do you honestly think Cooke wouldn’t be looked at differently if he hadn’t injured so many players?

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        i’m saying if cooke never hurt someone he would still be a dirty player because he tries to. its luck that marchand hasnt SERIOUSLY hurt anyone yet, he hasnt ended a career if you will, he doesnt have to do so to be dirty.

      • kingcobraman - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        you said it perfectly … agree with this comment 100%..

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