Brad Marchand's punch to the back of Scott Harrington's head in Tuesday night's Game 3 caused quite the hullabaloo on social media.
But Marchand's victim isn't joining in the outrage.
The Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman told reporters Wednesday that Marchand's jab was nothing more than a "hockey play," declining to make a big deal out of what many deemed a dirty move.
"It's fine. That's what the helmet is for," Harrington joked. " ... We're hockey players. We're going to take shots."
The NHL declined to discipline Marchand on Wednesday, and no penalty was called on the play, which occurred in the final minute of Boston's 2-1 loss in Game 3 of the teams' second-round series.
Harrington said he would have liked to see a penalty called, but that was as far as he went with his criticism.
"I know there wasn’t a suspension or anything," Harrington added, NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty. "It is what it is and we’re moving on.
" ... Stuff like that is going to happen. We’re not going to make anything out of it."
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Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella took a similar tact Tuesday night after Game 3, so it appears Columbus isn't wasting too much energy on Marchand's extra-curricular activity.
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