Re: Marchund deserved a little more in his defense from his mates...
posted at 4/11/2013 2:45 PM EDT
In response to MeanE's comment:
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
If you are on the ice and you see Marchand on the ice, and Jagr addressing the player that just hit him, what the hell do you think is happening? It's not about being a keyboard tough guy, it's about what teammates should do for one another. I don't give a darn if we are playing at a stick time morning skate, if you were my teammate and an opponent gave you a shot to the head and I didn't see it, but my teammate did and confronted the player, I would definitely try and get a pound of flesh. The Bruins didn't even try! Jagr did what he is supposed to do as a non-fighter, and that is to make it known to the guys on the ice that do fight, who to go after! Marchand is the Bruins leading scorer for crying out loud! What you want the "next time dance". You mean like that crap that Thornton had with Cooke?
Mean, you're all over the place today.
1. Marchand wasn't down "on the ice". Not at first. He stood there looking stunned. As I watched the game live, I was wondering "is he hurt?" Somebody mentioned (DrCC?) that if he went down, it might have been more apparent that he was hurt. I agree. It was confusing in real-time.
2. Yes, Jagr responded a little. The other guys didn't because they didn't know what happened. Do you not believe Ference when he said this? They may not be the best players, but Ference and Campbell are two of the very best at sticking up for teammates. There is a reason they didn't do it here. You can't scream about what their reaction should have been after watching 50 replays -- you've got to put yourself in the moment. It was hard to tell what happened and AV was escorted away quickly.
3. I bet you can't find one person here that wouldn't like to see AV get pounded in hindsight. I would. It's not like you're the only one that would like to see a retaliatory beating, but be realistic about the situation. In many years of playing hockey, I can think of a lot of times where I heard a whistle and then saw an injured teammate behind the play. You don't just start randomly attacking someone, you try to figure out what happened. It wasn't clear.