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Once again, Chiarelli forced to comment on Marchand’s ‘antics’

May 16, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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“Every year I seem to have this comment about him finding a balance between irritant/agitator and real good player. I think sometimes his antics gets in the way. This has been a discussion I’ve had, [coach Claude Julien’s] had over the course of three, four, five years, and it’s a challenge for Brad to play that aggressive way and not to cross the line. You’ve heard this from me a lot. … We have to dial back some of that stuff.”

That was Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli today, answering a question about Boston forward Brad Marchand, and whether the player’s reputation was becoming a problem for the team.

Chiarelli’s comments came on the heels of Wednesday’s Game 7 loss to Montreal in which Marchand earned two minor penalties, one for goalie interference on a questionable (reputation?) call, the other an unsportsmanlike conduct for showering Carey Price with snow.

That same game also saw Marchand do this:

Earlier this season, Chiarelli expressed similar frustration with Marchand’s antics during a loss in Vancouver. Such was the clamor after that game that the GM had to clarify he wasn’t planning to trade the player.

Despite today’s remarks, Chiarelli did say that he, along with coach Julien, had “productive meetings” with Marchand earlier in the day.

Related: Marchand searches for answers after failing to score in playoffs

  1. hosewater2 - May 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Just Chiarelli putting a happy face on his decision to continue to employ the Bill Laimbeer of hockey.

    • bildomatic - May 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Bill Laimbeer won two titles in Detroit…

      • imleftcoast - May 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Isiah and Laimbeer wouldn’t shake hands in the line. Now that whine and complain about not getting respect. There’s something to be said for doing things right and showing some respect for the game. To me, it’s a team game, and a group of individuals loses in hockey. Look at Toronto, Washington and the Russian Olympic team.

  2. duster1982 - May 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Every time I hear Pierre McGuire’s voice I throw up a little in my mouth

  3. bigtganks - May 16, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Realistically IF he were up to trade Marchand (calm down everyone, just an IF), I’m curious what his market value is. Mid first round pick? What type of player for player swap do you think is fair?

    • dboldave - May 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      I don’t think they move Marchand for a pick. Most likely you’d try to trade him to another team that has a problem child they are looking to get rid of. Then both organizations hope the change of laundry makes a difference.

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see them move or try to move Marchand this offseason. Even though he put up decent numbers on the year, he looked terrible at times and his act wears thin when he isn’t scoring or drawing penalties.

      • imleftcoast - May 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        I think Lucic has tons of potential, and he would be the Bruins #1 concern. He can make some really good plays, and I thought he could have contributed more in Game 7 in particular. Marchand had 19 points in the 2011 playoff run, but if his nonsense is distracting Lucic from developing to his full potential, I think the Bruins might move Marchand.

  4. 19inarow - May 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Marchand is an old boy, instead of a young man. That’s the difference.

    • johnnycanuck3 - May 17, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      An “old boy”?!?! He just turned 26! Still young and immature, much like Lucic, who also turns 26 in less than a month. So…I guess that’s NOT the difference.

  5. 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I’m not a fan of Marchand but never have I ever seen a penalty called for spraying snow on a goaltender !

    • mikebel11 - May 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      There’s been 2 in these playoffs already if I remember correctly. It’s unsportsmanlike. You don’t see it often because not many players a stupid or disrespectful enough to do it so blatantly. It is called every time it’s clearly done on purpose

      • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Mike I’ve seen it many times just never seen it called ! Always thought it was bush league and usually resulted to a good whack to the legs by the goalie .

      • gallyhatch - May 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Foligno got an unsportsmanlike penalty for snowing Fleury in the 1st round. . . . .

        With that being said, someone did it to Rask in game 2 or 3 (I forget which Canadien did it) and it wasn’t called.

        It’s frustrating to see it called in game 7 when it was overlooked earlier in the series, but unfortunately, Marchand is reaping what he’s sown.

      • imleftcoast - May 16, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        It sucks, but Marchand did it too blatantly to get away with it. You can’t embarrass the refs, and think you will get away with it over 7 games. Everyone watches the video. Boston didn’t get away with much in Game 7. Julien and the announcers seemed to be surprised by that.

      • footballchamp - May 16, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        He shouldn’t have done it and it shouldn’t have been a penalty.

      • mjdkid100 - May 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        He didnt even spray him in the face. It got on his shoulder. It was brand new ice and he was speeding after the loose puck. You must be a Habs fan. Thats a JOKE in a Game 7.

  6. nobandwagoners - May 16, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Just have to love Julien’s look of confusion (“what? what? what’s going on?”), incredulous disbelief and then anger. He does have those theatrics down pat. Marchand’s just got to stop giving Julien reason to repeatedly pull them out; Marchand can be so much better without doing that.

    I could envision Julien giving him a smack on head like you want to give a repeatedly naughty kid (“c’mon, whatcha doing?!”)

  7. therealjr - May 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Obviously his rep is a problem because those were two HS penalty calls.

  8. hairpie2 - May 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    That first one might be the worst call ive ever seen. not surprised though.

    • buckhome - May 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      not as bad as the one called on Kreider in the Rangers-Pens series which negated a goal

  9. nicofthenorthstar - May 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    So glad that team lost. What a bunch of classless chumps.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      I’m a Bruins fan tired of their garbage. It was one thing to do it against Vancouver when it worked. Now it’s not working and they are crossing lines to keep it going.

      Play hockey boys.

  10. 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    marchand is a problem now

    it’s a bad time to trade him

    lost value b/c of poor performance in the playoffs and taking bad penalties

  11. t3288 - May 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    The NHL wanted a Canadian team to excel, thus the horrible refereeing

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      The NHL would rather any team other than the Habs to do well. The Montreal hockey market is what it is, win or lose. Montreal in the finals hurt ratings, not help

    • johnnycanuck3 - May 17, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Hmmmm….so, you think that Bettman (the Weasel), would rather have Montreal advance, so that the NHL can capitalize on the vast market appeal of the Canadiens in the U.S. market, rather than have the Boston Bruins advance, ’cause after all, the Boston market is pretty small, and there’s no sort of traditional rivalries between Boston and New York. Naaah, Bruins vs Rangers…that wouldn’t be good for ratings at all…

      …seriously, give your head a shake…

  12. soro17 - May 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    On the first one, even if Markov doesn’t hit him, where the hell is he going? On the second one, he knew exactly what he was doing. Stupidity and completely unnecessary.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      To the net like you’re supposed to.

      • mjdkid100 - May 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I cant believe people even bother to argue on how bad that first call was…

  13. dannymac17 - May 16, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Marchand is as classy as the small percentage of fans that threw stuff on the ice.

    there is no place in hockey for cheap shots.

    • newgod99 - May 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      If there is no room for cheap shots explain Montreal’s play!

  14. bucfanforlife - May 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    as bob and barclay used to say some old time hockey. yeah its cheap but its funny take out the instigator rule and this stuff stops quickly.i do like the old time hockey aspect if you aint cheating you aint trying, plus if your name gets engraved on lord Stanley it is there forever im doing whatever no matter what to help my team win sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt

  15. 33to22 - May 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    These kinds of calls were bound to catch up with him. The snow shower call was a good one, but the other was a reputation call, for sure. I’m glad it happened in a big game. Also glad the bush penalty on Boychuck was called. What goes around comes around. Hope Mason Raymond was watching that game. 😆

  16. newgod99 - May 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    So incompetent refereeing is Marchand’s fault?

  17. papajack1259 - May 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Marchaund and a Defensman will getaway nice return. I can not blame Marchaund for the loss of Lucics mind and the total failure of Chara Krejci and Bergeran to impact over 7 games I really think the Bruins will tweak the roster Ingla coming back?

    • johnnycanuck3 - May 17, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      You raise an interesting question…will Iginla be back? He left Calgary in search of a Stanley Cup ring. First stop in Pittsburgh…no luck. Now in Boston…no luck this year. Does he move on to another “contender” for another run at the Cup? Or is he doomed to join the ranks of star who never got a taste from Lord Stanley’s Cup? Will the Game 7 loss to Tampa Bay in 2003-04 be the closest he ever gets to the Cup? At least he’s got a few years left to give it another go.

  18. jacques05 - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    What people don’t understand is that Montreal invented that style! The dirty, gritty hockey. Perfecting the art of basically getting away with the cheap stuff that only the people watching from the couch could call! I went to game 7, I missed a boat load of dirty plays on both sides of the fence. With that said I believe the habs beat them at their own game. Boston’s antics didn’t play into Montreals head! An Marchand couldn’t handle it!! I’ve never seen a star forward make such stupid plays in my life especially the punch to plekanec that was unnoticed! He was looking to get anyone off their game didn’t work and won’t work! The b’s tried to hard to get under there skin an forgot to just play hockey!!

    • johnnycanuck3 - May 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Montreal “invented” that style?!?! I’ve been watching hockey for almost 60 years now, and somehow I must have missed that era where the Canadiens “invented” the “dirty, gritty” clutch and grab style. Last I checked the Canadiens were known for “firewagon” style of hockey, and for playing a game based on skating and finesse. Seems to me that that one of the main reasons the Canadiens beat Boston is because they out-skated and out-hustled the Bruins, who were to busy trying to lay the body on anybody they could. As far as for the “dirty, gritty” style of hockey (which more epitomized the Bruins than the Canadiens in this series, and has epitomized the Bruins over the last several years), I think it could be fairly argued that that style of hockey found it’s birth with the Philadephia Flyers of the ’70′s. The Broad Street Bullies perfected that style of hockey, and after using it to win 2 Cups, they inspired a number of other teams to copy that style over the last 3 decades, but none with the same success that Philly had. Personally, being neither a Canadiens or Bruins fan, I was happy to see that skating and skill won out over the Bruins’ more physical style of play. Not that the Bruins don’t have some very skilled players, but when you have players like Marchand constantly stirring the pot and disrupting the flow of play, players like Bergeron, Krejci, Iginla, et al, don’t seem to play up to their potential. Chiarelli was quoted today as follows, “”So this is a good team and there’s some trends in hockey that we’ll have to address in this team…But we’re not going to make too many changes to this team. But there will be some changes.” So, sounds like the Bruins may rethink their “style” of play and perhaps accentuate the skill and skating part of the game a bit more.

  19. arrow43050 - May 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I don’t really have much of an opinion one way or another on Pierre McGuire as Doc Emerick’s pro-Devils anti-Rangers bias usually has my blood pressure up to high to hear anyone else. That being said, McGuire’s, um, “analysis” (?) on the two Marchand plays are quite terrible. First, he says that a cross check should have been called on Markov on the Goaltender Interference play. The NHL rule-book defines a cross check as “The action of using the shaft of the stick between the two hands to forcefully check an opponent.” If Marchand had been forcefully checked where Markov’s stick was admittedly touching (the base of the skull and not on any padding), he’d be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. On spraying Price, McGuire makes the comment “Hey, this is Game 7. You can’t call it this tight.” Isn’t a more appropriate comment, “Hey, this is Game 7, you go home if you lose, and you can’t put your team in the position to be down even more. That was incredibly irresponsible.” Notice McGuire never makes a comment like “where was Marchand supposed to go?” or “he was charging in hard and was in that position trying to make a play on the puck.” What happened was so obviously just spraying the goalie that the only defense was “it’s Game 7 and you can’t call a penalty” on what was obviously a penalty.

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