Brad Marchand loves Patrice Bergeron. There’s nothing new with that. But on Thursday, he showed just how much he cares about his captain and what happens if you do anything nasty to him.
Brad Marchand has earned a reputation for always looking out for his teammates. In the annual NHLPA survey, Brad Marchand was the highest voted in the category, “Which player do you least enjoy playing against but would like to have on your team?”
That says basically everything you need to know about Marchand. He’s a nightmare to play against, always trying to get under his opponent’s skin, and he often succeeds as well.
Marchand is the player in NHL history with the most individual suspensions, but he’s also a great teammate who always does everything for his team and to win.
He’s a Boston Bruins icon, and he shares a special friendship with Patrice Bergeron. So when someone messes with the Bruins captain, you can be sure of dealing with Marchand afterward.
During Thursday’s contest between the Bruins and the Canadiens, Bergeron suffered a nasty blindside elbow to the face from Canadiens’ Rem Pitlick. Brad Marchand was on the ice at the same time, and he didn’t take long to react.
Marchand went after Pitlick, and his gloves were off before Pitlick even had time to blink. Marchand wrestled Pitlick down to the ice, and several right hands were thrown before officials separated them both.
Patrice Bergeron didn’t miss a single shift and even had an assist on the B’s second goal. Brad Marchand received a double minor for roughing for avenging Patrice Bergeron, and Pitlick was given a minor for interference.