Brad Marchand wants NHL concussion spotter 'to pull his head out of his butt and watch the game'

Brad Marchand wants NHL concussion spotter 'to pull his head out of his butt and watch the game'

BOSTON — Brad Marchand was livid after the Bruins' comeback win over the New York Rangers, but it wasn’t about the Bruins not playing up to their potential in the first couple of periods. Instead, it was about Marchand getting pulled by the NHL concussion spotter from the 3-2 overtime win over the Blueshirts at the start of the third period, and the B’s top-line left winger thereby being forced to sit out the first half of the third period as a result.

Marchand ran into a raised Jacob Trouba elbow toward the end of the second, but finished out the period and sat through an entire intermission before he was pulled from the Bruins bench after his first shift of the third period. Marchand slammed his stick against the boards while breaking it into two pieces and then stormed down the runway to the Bruins dressing room, but it was unclear at the time why he exited the bench.

Bruce Cassidy confirmed after the game that the concussion spotter waited through the entire 15-minute intermission before pulling Marchand at the start of the third period, a bit of timing that certainly irked both No. 63 and the rest of the Bruins.

“This game is on NBC, he gets hit at the end of the second period and he gets pulled at the beginning of the third. To me, we’re trying to market our best players. I thought it was fairly evident when he get hit and then they decided to pull him at the start of the third,” said Cassidy. “That’s the only explanation I got. I don’t know why they wouldn’t do it between periods. There’s an 18-minute intermission. He was [pulled by the concussion spotter] and he checked out fine, but it’s a little frustrating for him especially when it happened. I didn’t like the timing of it at all.”

Marchand sounded a little more pissed off about the entire sequence of events following the game and understandably so given that it could have cost the Bruins two points.

"That's embarrassing. They had 20 minutes to sit there and view the tape and call that in. But they make me come out in a 2-1 game when we’re just starting to get some momentum. Guy up there is busy eating pizza and cheeseburgers and can't watch the game,” said Marchand. “Maybe next time he'll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game. I skated into his elbow, but [I was] fine.”

Hours later, Marchand tweeted an apology, writing that "my emotions got the best of me..."

It all ended well for the Bruins, of course, as they tied the game while Marchand was in one of the TD Garden back rooms for 10 minutes, and then won it in overtime when David Pastrnak set up David Krejci for the OT game-winner. But that’s as sharp as any criticism you’ll hear coming out of the B’s dressing room following the game, and justifiably so given the slow trigger employed by the concussion spotter working Friday afternoon’s game.

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Joe Haggerty's Talking Points: Bruins fortunate to escape with two points vs. Ottawa

Joe Haggerty's Talking Points: Bruins fortunate to escape with two points vs. Ottawa

GOLD STAR: Zdeno Chara netted the game-winner for his fifth goal of the season when he stepped into a Brendan Gaunce pass and launched a shot past Anders Nilsson from the high slot. The 42-year-old also impressively logged 23:35 of ice time in the second night of back-to-back games on the road and had enough in the tank to make the game-winning play in the third period.

Chara finished with the goal, a plus-2 rating, two shot attempts, a hit and three blocked shots in a rugged game that got chippier and more physical as it went along. In a great moment, Chara was also treated to a video highlight reel of his best moments with the Senators early in his career and then an announced congratulations for getting to the 1500th game of his NHL career earlier this season.

BLACK EYE: The Bruins were fortunate to get the two points on Wednesday night. They really didn’t deserve to win the game based on the way they played the first 40 minutes against the Ottawa Senators. They managed just 10 shots on net in the first two periods, including a limp three shots on net in the first, and looked sluggish, lackadaisical and uncaring about the end result of the game after dropping eight goals on the Canadiens the night before in Montreal.

The Bruins showed up and scored a pair of goals in the third period to win the game and were fortunate that Tuukka Rask was on for the full 60 minutes. But they also are showing a tendency to play down to their competition and that’s a concern.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins could have really gone south when the Senators finally scored a goal in the opening seconds of the third period to snap a scoreless game. Anders Bjork couldn’t convert a 2-on-1 rush at one end and that turned into Thomas Chabot scoring on Tuukka Rask on a one-man defenseman rush at the other end of the ice.

Given the way the Bruins had looked in the first 40 minutes, one might have expected the Bruins to regress further as they did against the Detroit Red Wings on another sleepy night from the Black and Gold. This time around, though, Brad Marchand and the B’s responded with their own goal a little less than five minutes later, and then they almost immediately followed with the Chara game-winner. The Bruins had more shots on net in the third period (11) than they did in the first and second periods combined (10).

HONORABLE MENTION: It’s got to be Tuukka Rask, who was one of the few Bruins players that showed up from beginning to end against the Senators. Rask finished with 33 saves, including a big 15 stops in the second period while the Bruins were going through the motions, and made a key stop on an Anthony Duclair screened shot in the closing seconds of the third period to protect the one-goal lead for the Black and Gold.

Rask played an energetic game between the pipes which makes sense given he was one of the few B’s players that didn’t take part in Tuesday night’s blowout win over Montreal in the back-to-back situation. He also serves as the biggest reason that Boston ended up getting the two points in a game where they basically only showed up for the final 20 minutes.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – the number of points for Brendan Gaunce as a member of the Bruins after a backhanded feed to Zdeno Chara for the game-winning goal in the third period. Gaunce and Jack Studnicka both clocked points in their first games for the B’s during the successful two-game road trip through Montreal and Ottawa.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We’ve played good hockey. We’re not [at our ceiling as a team] yet, and I don’t think any team is that this point. You want your team playing a good sample size into the second part of the year to know where you’re really at. But we do have some really good players and that goes a long way toward winning hockey games.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN following the game when asked if the Bruins have hit the high ceiling of their potential considering that they hold the best record in the NHL right now.

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