The Stanley Cup Playoffs coincide with the start of spring, which means warmer weather, and sometimes sloppy ice.
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand, whose nimble moves may be more challenging on bad ice, openly criticized the TD Garden ice conditions after Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“The ice has been terrible [at TD Garden]," Marchand said. "... We might as well play with a tennis ball and we’ll just skate around and see who bounces one in the net.”
Teammate Matt Grzelcyk's father, John Grzelcyk, is a member of the "bull crew" at TD Garden, which is responsible for getting things set when changing over from the Celtics' basketball court to the B's ice.
And the younger Grzelcyk apparently gave his dad a hard time about the ice conditions.
“Me and Pasta [David Pastrnak] actually gave him grief after [Game 6]...He didn’t like it," Grzelcyk said Tuesday, via Boston.com. We were kind of joking, but yeah, obviously he doesn’t have much to do with that. But it was fun to poke some fun at him for sure.”
Temperatures in Boston were in the low 50s on Tuesday afternoon, so hopefully the ice at the Garden is more solid for Game 7 than in Game 5, which the Bruins lost 2-1 to the Leafs.
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