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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 from the B's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche

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Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the B's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche

Here are my talking points from the Bruins’ first regulation loss at home in 2019-20:

GOLD STAR: It isn’t going to happen very often, but Ian Cole turned out to be the single biggest contributor in a team-wide win for the Avalanche. It was Cole that smoked a slap shot past the glove hand of Jaroslav Halak to give Colorado a 2-1 lead in the second period, and he made certain his first goal of the season was an important one. Cole also blocked five shots in 17:17 of ice time and was part of a gritty, determined effort to protect the lead once the Avs got up 3-1 in the third. He mixed in a couple of hits and a couple of takeaways as well, and made some big plays in what was pretty much a perfect game overall for Colorado.

HIGHLIGHTS: Bruins take first home regulation loss vs. Avs, 4-1

BLACK EYE: There’s more than a few, but how about Danton Heinen just not making the plays that he needs to make when he’s in the lineup? Forget about the zero shots on net in 16:45 of ice time, with a number of them either getting blocked or missing the net. That’s nothing new when it comes to a player that’s barely averaging a shot on net for game. But he also turned the puck over behind the Boston net in a sequence that led to Cole’s game-winner as the Bruins began to run around in the defensive zone. It was that particular play that led Bruce Cassidy to lament that the attention to details was lacking for his players at this point in the season. If Heinen isn’t making the little plays, is a minus player and isn’t bringing any offense, then he isn’t worth having in the lineup.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins went into the first intermission tied at 1-1 after only putting four shots on net, and should have had the kind of wakeup call that they needed to turn the intensity up a little bit. Instead they went through a second period where they again only put up four shots on net while falling behind by two goals headed into the final 20 minutes. The Avalanche only leveled five shots on net as well, but they scored on a pair of them and pounced all over Boston’s mistakes while playing a surprisingly disciplined, two-way game despite their explosive offensive players. This time around, the Bruins didn’t have any way to come back in the third period against a quality Colorado team that wasn’t going to fold for them.

#HaggBag: Any worries about the B's? Let's hear 'em

HONORABLE MENTION: One of the few players to put up an honest-to-goodness effort in the loss was the hard-hitting fourth liner, Chris Wagner. It was Wagner that redirected a John Moore point shot in the first period for his third goal of the season that gave the Bruins an initial lead in the game. Wagner led the Bruins with five registered hits, scored on the only shot on net he had in the game and won 5-of-10 face-offs that he took in his 12:39 of ice time. The shame was that there weren’t enough other players that rose to the level of urgency and compete that Wagner was showing throughout the game for the Black and Gold.

BY THE NUMBERS: 17 – The home point streak (12-0-5) is over for the Bruins as the Avs handed them their first regulation loss on home ice this year, and their first since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues almost six months ago.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “There’s just a lot of details that are working us against us now. We’ve just got to wake up and start playing to our abilities in those situations. And live with the result. It doesn’t mean we’re going to win, but I think we’re leaving plays on the table because our lack of urgency or understanding that teams are coming after us.” –Bruce Cassidy, lamenting the lack of urgency in the B’s game as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Avalanche.

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Highlights: Bruins can't seize momentum, fall 4-1 to Avs

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Highlights: Bruins can't seize momentum, fall 4-1 to Avs

FINAL SCORE: Avalanche 4, Bruins 1

IN BRIEF: The Bruins tied it early with a Chris Wagner tip-in off a John Moore shot from the point, but from there the Avs dictated play to hand Boston its first home loss in regulation at TD Garden in the 2019-20 season. It was a Pyrrhic victory for the Avs, though, who lost Calder Trophy favorite and former UMass star Cale Makar to injury.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 20-4-6 (46 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

WAGNER TIPS HOME MOORE’S SHOT FROM POINT

AVS LOSE MAKAR

UP NEXT:

At Ottawa, Monday, 7:30 p.m., NESN

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