The popcorn-eating masses on Twitter got their latest look into what goes on inside the Bruins dressing room between longtime Bruins reporters and agitator/chirper/bon vivant Brad Marchand when he took to Twitter on Thursday to “roast” yours truly.

Truth be told, it’s always been a good-natured joking/trash-talking kind of relationship between me and Marchand over his eight years with the Black and Gold, and the winky face emojis between us kind of prove it. That nuance, however, is completely lost on the car crash-hungry Twitter masses thirsting for the latest tweet beef between anybody on social media these days.

Just as it clearly was misunderstood by most of Bruins Twitter on Thursday looking to find the worst in a back-and-forth that was actually pretty funny between two dudes with a good sense of humor that have a longtime working relationship.  

But I digress.

Anyway, this humble hockey writer penned a normal “What We Learned” post from Tuesday night’s win over the New York Islanders, and I started it all by asking an uncomfortable, tough question. The kind of question that gets those waving Black and Gold pom poms all worked up.

Are the Bruins better off without Torey Krug in the lineup based on how much stronger they are defensively, and how important that is during postseason hockey? There were a couple of pieces of compelling evidence in the last two wins over a couple of playoff-caliber teams in the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.


But it certainly was far from demanding that the offensively gifted Krug be taken out of the lineup, and was instead simply asking the question.

So Marchand took to Twitter on Thursday morning to rightly defend his diminutive teammate, and also take a swipe at my fondness for the ninth-floor dessert cart in the TD Garden press box.

Naturally that elicited a response from this humble hockey writer that stated my case, was very complimentary toward No. 63 and then also managed to invoke the Christmas classic “Elf” by addressing Marchand as my “Angry Little Elf friend” at the end of it. And Marchand came back with the perfect response.

As is often the case, yours truly had to get in the last word on Twitter by bringing it all back home to Marchand’s original tweet. Hey, at the end of the day who doesn’t like snacks?

How will this all end between Marchand and myself? Well, the good thing is that it never has to because we’re both on Twitter to stay, though the chirping may take a hiatus in the playoffs when No. 63 is probably going to have to put away the social media accounts to focus on the Bruins' task at hand with the Stanley Cup Playoffs. So get out of the popcorn and enjoy the good-natured tweet beef while it lasts during the final weeks of the regular season.   

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