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Brad Marchand, Joe Haggerty engage in fun Twitter beef

Brad Marchand, Joe Haggerty engage in fun Twitter beef

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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Bruins & Blue Jackets: Who's got the edge?

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Bruins & Blue Jackets: Who's got the edge?

It's a battle of been there, done that vs. the new kids on the block.

While the Boston Bruins are battle tested from past postseasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Yet while the Bruins had to scratch and claw past the Maple Leafs in a seven-game slugfest, the Blue Jackets have had plenty of rest after a stunning four-game sweep of the Lightning.

So now that the two franchises are ready for their first-ever playoff matchup, how does the series break down?

As Joe Haggerty sees it, special teams could be the key to everything. 

Here's his tale of the tape for Bruins vs. Blue Jackets.>>>>

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Jaylen Brown to be Bruins banner captain for Game 1 vs. Blue Jackets

Jaylen Brown to be Bruins banner captain for Game 1 vs. Blue Jackets

UPDATE: After originally being announced as the Bruins' banner captain for Game 1, Jaylen Brown couldn't make the trip to TD Garden.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Jaylen Brown will be at TD Garden again on Thursday night to take in some playoff hockey.

The Celtics swingman will be the Bruins' fan banner captain for their Game 1 matchup vs. the Blue Jackets.

Brown also attended Game 7 vs. the Maple Leafs to cheer on the B's with his Celtics teammates.

The Bruins have had plenty of support from their fellow Boston athletes during their playoff run. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was the Game 7 banner captain and got the TD Garden crowd fired up with an A+ beer chug. His former teammate Rob Gronkowski was the banner captain for Game 2.

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