It’s rare that we see Brad Marchand stand down from an altercation.
When Washington and Boston met last night, fans wondered what would happen between Lars Eller and Brad Marchand. The pair have a history together, even if it isn’t a long one.
Back in October, Lars Eller taunted the Bruins bench while having a dominating lead. Marchand didn’t take too kindly to his actions. Marchand skated and chased down Eller, jumping him and making him fight.
Last night, the teams met for the first time since the opening night beatdown on the scoreboard and of Eller. One would expect this to be a bloodbath between Eller and Marchand.
Except nothing happened. Eller challenged Marchand to a fight and he didn’t drop his mitts. Marchand opted to keep his gloves on, which prompted the Capitals to throw some shade towards Marchand.
“I was a little let down that Marchand didn’t drop his gloves since the other way Lars got jumped,” said T.J. Oshie. Eller also said, “I would’ve rather fought him, but you can’t fight a guy that doesn’t want to fight. I mean, everybody saw what he is. I don’t know what else to say. We got out of here with two points. We got what we wanted. I don’t think there’s a lot of integrity in his game.”
Marchand actually had a decent response for not fighting Eller. “He plays, you know, maybe 10, 12 minutes a night and I’m playing 20, so in a 1-0 game, to go on the power play, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, so that’s the way it is,” Marchand said.
The two teams will meet in February. Will this be the night Eller and Marchand duke it out?