Brad Marchand definitely loves getting underneath his opponents skinn. Last night, he tried exactly that in Flames’ forward Mikael Backlund. But the Swede got his revenge later in the game, silencing Marchand.
The first period at TD Garden didn’t disappoint any hockey fan that likes chirping. And of course, Brad Marchand was in the middle of it.
In the middle of the opening period, Marchand scored a shorthanded goal after chipping the puck past Noah Hanifin and beating goaltender David Rittich.
Marchand had no plans to celebrate the goal by jumping to the boards or hugging his teammates. Instead, the Bruins’ forward skated across the zone, staring the Flames players down. Forward Mikael Backlund got most of the stares, in what didn’t seam as the most subtle move in Marchands’ career.
Backlund stepped up challenging Marchand but the officials quickly stepped in.
“Yeah we were just having a chat,” Marchand said post-game.
But even though Marchand won the first round amongst the two, Backlund would get his revenge. Late in the third, Backlund scored a tremendous coast-to-coast goal and only seconds later scoring his second of the night, leading the Flames’ to a 5-2 victory.
Surely, the Swede got his sweet revenge. And he was pretty excited about it last night.
“It always feels good to give it right back to him by winning and scoring. He does what he wants. For us it’s nice to go back and score when guys do stuff like that,” Backlund said after the game.