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Marchand on $2,000 embellishment fine: 'It's a joke'

Marchand on $2,000 embellishment fine: 'It's a joke'

BOSTON – Brad Marchand is carrying the Bruins right now with Patrice Bergeron out with a fractured right foot, so he doesn’t have the time or the inclination to worry about the $2,000 he was fined by the NHL on Friday for embellishment.

Marchand has five goals and nine points in the five games since Bergeron went down and the Bruins have gone 5-0-0 while watching Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy and David Backes all get subtracted from the lineup. Within the five game-winning streak, Marchand also had a play behind the Pittsburgh net where he was whistled for embellishment in the March 1 win over the Penguins. Both Marchand and Olli Maatta were whistled for off-setting penalties, and that was the play where he was ultimately fined by the NHL.

Marchand was given a warning from NHL Hockey Operations back in the Nov. 29 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the defiant B’s agitator said the $2,000 fine from the league wasn’t going to change anything he was doing on the ice.

“That [$2,000] hit is very small and minor. It’s the last thing I’m going to worry about,” said Marchand, when asked if the fine will change the way he plays. “I don’t care about this. It’s a joke. It’s a small amount of money and pretty stupid. But it is what it is.t

“It’s very easy to dictate somebody saying I fell a certain way. How are they going to tell how a guy is balanced on a certain area of the ice? When sticks are between your feet and your being pushed at different angles, they forget how to play the game pretty quickly. They go from being players to being management and running the league pretty quickly, and they forget what it’s like to play. But it is what it is.”

If Marchand were to be cited three more times for embellishment by the NHL this season, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy would also begin getting fined by the league as well. The B’s coach sounded like that was a road he wasn’t interested in going down. Marchand derisively called it “the new NHL”, but Cassidy has taken a much more detached approach to any treatment, good or bad, that the Bruins were receiving from the league.

“They have their guidelines or whatever they use to make their decisions, and generally you abide by them and move along,” said Cassidy. “We’ll talk to Brad about it, but I’m sure he’s aware that they’re on to him, for lack of a better term. Hopefully, this will be the last one for him.

“The coach does get [a fine] eventually, and the kids need to go to college...so I will have a chat with him.”

With less than a month to go in the NHL regular season, it’s doubtful that Marchand is going to be racking up too many more embellishment calls ahead of the playoffs. But it also doesn’t sound much like No. 63 cares if it does go down that way either as he’s got bigger fish to fry carrying a playoff-bound team on his shoulders as he readies for the postseason.



Morning Skate: Pens show Flyers they aren't quite there yet

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Morning Skate: Pens show Flyers they aren't quite there yet

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while pushing through the last snowstorm of the season.

*The Flyers got a harsh late-season reminder that they might not be ready for whatever the Penguins are bringing this spring.

*Tough times in Carolina where Ron Francis was “promoted”, but in truth was kicked upstairs to make way for a new general manager that will be the true decision-maker under new ownership.

*Darren Dreger says not to expect much of a change in the goalie-interference rule when the GMs convene this month. That’s a bit disappointing given some of the problems with the enforcement over the last couple of seasons.

*The top 10 most surprising players that have worn AHL jerseys this season with more and more established guys doing some time there.

*The case for Pekka Rinne as a Vezina Trophy winner above others like Andrei Vasilevskiy and Connor Hellebuyck

*For something completely different: John Williams will take a well-deserved break for scoring "Star Wars" movies after the ninth episode of the Skywalker saga.



Source: No supplemental discipline for Hornqvist on McAvoy hit

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Source: No supplemental discipline for Hornqvist on McAvoy hit

BOSTON -- Charlie McAvoy got lit up by Pittsburgh's sandpaper forward, Patrick Hornqvist, during a nasty, physical game between the Bruins and Penguins on Thursday night, but Hornqvist won’t be facing any supplemental discipline as a result of it, per a source.

McAvoy was drilled up high in the first period of the Bruins' 8-4 win as he had his head down looking to collect a puck, and ended up with a nasty bloodied nose after his visor came down and cut him. No penalty was called on the play and there shouldn’t have been, according to the letter of the law (Rule 48.1 in the Physical Fouls Section of the rulebook). It was deemed that “head contact on an otherwise full body check was unavoidable."


McAvoy had his head hunched down as Hornqvist veered in for a shoulder hit to his chest. The 20-year-old defenseman admitted as much following the game, and was missing from Friday’s Bruins practice with a maintenance day after absorbing the hit.

"He got me . . . he tagged me pretty good,” said McAvoy when asked about the hit after the game. “So that’s on me. I need to put myself in a better position to make sure I’m not taking hits like those. But it kind of opened the door for a physical game, and we have a lot of guys on our team that don’t mind going to that side. We’ve got a lot of guys on this team that had my back, and I appreciate that.”


To McAvoy’s point, the rookie defenseman went after Hornqvist in the second period, and David Backes drilled Hornqvist with a massive hit in front of the Pittsburgh bench in the closing seconds of the B’s victory. That’s above and beyond Zdeno Chara confronting Hornqvist and them dropping the gloves with 6-foot-7 Jamie Oleksiak in the second period after a mammoth three-minute shift on the ice. All of those were great signs from the Bruins, who stood up for their young teammate, and from McAvoy, who stood up for himself as well.