Brad Marchand calls out the NHL following questions about Matthew Tkachuk’s words caught on hot mic

There hasn’t been a shortage of incidents between the Bruins and the Panthers in the first-round series of the playoffs. On Sunday, Bruins earned a big win as they took Game 4 over the Panthers, leading to a 3-1 lead in the series.

The Bruins only need one more win to clinch a place in the second round of the playoffs, and you would expect veteran star player Brad Marchand to be thrilled when he met the media Sunday night. But he wasn’t.

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 19: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins prepares for a faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on March 19, 2023 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

So what was Marchand angry at? The Panthers? The fight between his goalie Linus Ullmark and Matthew Tkachuk at the end of the game? Nope. Instead, Marchand took issue with the NHL and its broadcasters.

As several scrums broke out earlier in the series, a hot mic caught an argument between Bruins’ Tomas Nosek and Panthers’ Matthew Tkachuk. A hot mic from between the benches picked up several chirps, but Tkachuk also received backlash for what he said during the argument.

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Many believed that Tkachuk crossed the line, but when Marchand was asked if he agreed with it, he instead bashed the league and the media for even making it possible for comments on the ice to get picked up by microphones.

“I think the NHL and the media outlets have crossed the line to allow those mics …” Marchand said.

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 13: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins argues with the referees in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on April 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reported that Marchand also called the incident ”very disrespectful” regarding the agreement between the NHL and NHLPA. 

It’s not the first time that Marchand criticizes the hot mics for picking up things being said on the ice. It’s Marchand’s firm belief that chirping between the players should be something that stays on the ice, and although we absolutely love the content from hot mics, we understand where he’s coming from. 

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