Brad Marchand has made his reputation on being a pest, thriving off being able to get under his opponents’ skin. Depending on who you ask, he also has a reputation for embellishing his falls to draw penalties.
On Tuesday in Boston, Marchand defended himself when he was asked about criticism he’s received in the court of public opinion.
“For them to judge what knocks you down, they don’t know your balance or what not on the play,” Marchand told reporters. “They’re sitting at home watching on TV. I don’t really care what they say. They have no impact on my game, my life. They mean nothing.”
Jason Chimera, who had been penalized for slashing the diminutive winger in the groin in Game 3, spoke earlier in this series about the importance of staying disciplined.
“We did some stupid stuff last game that you can’t do. I mean, we can’t take stupid penalties. Mine was a stupid penalty. You can’t do that,” Chimera said on April 19. “No matter how much Marchand’s diving and stuff like that, is embellishing a bit, but you can’t do stuff like that because it’s going to be called.”
After those comments, the Capitals’ game entertainment crew got in on the name-calling. The song “Holy Diver” by Dio blared in Verizon Center prior to Game 4 and clips of someone jumping off a diving board have been shown on the arena’s video board as well.
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