Bruins fans aren’t happy with Brad Marchand for his decision at the end of the 1st period

He wanted to make a line change and got caught in no man's land.

Ivan Barbashev and Brad Marchand collide during the first period in Game 7.
Ivan Barbashev and Brad Marchand collide during the first period in Game 7. –Charles Krupa / AP Photo

After garnering plenty of praise for his role in Sunday’s Game 6 win, Brad Marchand received criticism for a costly mistake in Wednesday’s Game 7.

With less than 20 seconds left in the first period, and the Blues charging toward the Bruins’ net, Marchand wanted to make a line change and got caught in no man’s land.

He stepped up and tried to make a play, but Jaden Schwartz made a nifty move, swerved around him, and found Alex Pietrangelo in front of the net to put St. Louis ahead, 2-0, with 7.9 seconds remaining.

“I thought that guy was by himself, so I went for a change,” Marchand told reporters.

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Though the goal itself was a a beauty, many viewers believed it wouldn’t have happened if Marchand hadn’t attempted to get off the ice when the Blues had the puck in the neutral zone.

“We didn’t read the situation very well, gave them a good look late in the period, and they executed a nice play to score a goal,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley.