On Saturday night the Boston Bruins returned to Vancouver for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup on that ice in 2011. That was a Final marked by exciting games but moreso by the vitriol and chirping that took place. At the fore of that was none other than Brad Marchand, who earned himself a bit of a reputation in that series.
Wouldn't you know it, Marchand was back up to some old tricks, taunting his favorite team to chirp. He rubbed some salt in the wounds of the Canucks by kissing his ring finger and making sure they got the message but then giving them the finger -- the one that wears the ring.
He also mimed lifting and kissing the Cup as he skated by the Vancouver bench.
They were unique chirps and constituted a pretty solid job of trolling by Marchand. Only problem was Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn't too pleased or impressed. Courtesy of WEEI.com:
"I heard," Julien said. "I did hear, and obviously I don't watch the game; I coach the game, but I heard. He's a good player, and he's an agitator, and there's some good things to that part of his game, but there's certain areas where -- again, I've said it before -- you can't cross the line. Sometimes his emotions get the better of him.
"We've worked with him and we're going to continue to work with him. The perception it gives our organization is not what you want to see with those kind of things. Again, I don't know what he said to you guys, but it's certainly something we're going to deal with.
"He's too good of a player and we don't want him to be a different player, but there's certain things we want him to be different at. From what I hear, what happened, that's definitely not something we will accept in our organization."
The majority of the taunting was directed toward Ryan Kesler of Vancouver, whom Marchand said got him riled up with some eye-gouging. No matter the cause, Kesler wasn't thrilled with Marchand's celebration either.
Thankfully with the new alignment we at least get two games between the Canucks and Bruins every season but just imagine if these two were actually division rivals. As long as these casts of characters are around, it will at least always be entertaining.
The Canucks, by the way, had the bragging rights at night's end with a 6-2 beating of the Bruins, their seventh consecutive win.