In the waning moments of the Washington Capitals’ absolute shellacking of the Boston Bruins this evening, Bruins pest Brad Marchand jumped Caps forward Lars Eller and DROPPED him with a huge right hand.
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It’s only the first game of the year, and Brad Marchand is doing Brad Marchand things, like jumping Lars Eller
Game one and Brad Marchand is already looking at a potential suspension… good grief.
To say that it was a rough night for Marchand and the Bruins is a SERIOUS understatement. The B's got absolutely waxed by the defending Cup champions tonight, losing by a score of 7-0. Ouch. On a night where the Caps raised their 2017-18 Stanley Cup Champions banner into the rafters at Capital One Center, they looked like the had absolutely no hint of any kind of Stanley Cup hangover.
The Capitals started their beatdown just 12 seconds into the game and before the two minute mark, they were already up 2-0. They just kept rolling form there and eventually forced Bruins starter Tuukka Rask from the net, forcing backup Jaroslav Halak to come in and play mop up duty. He didn't fare much better and, as a result, the Bruins ended up losing the game by a touchdown.
The thing that's important to note with the incident between Marchand and Eller is that while it was indeed Marchand who initiated things, Marchand was merely reacting to an over the top goal celebration from Eller on a late goal. With the game completely out of reach for the Bruins, Eller still felt it necessary to celebrate his goal in front of the Bruins' bench. This is a big time "no go" in hockey... you don't embarrass your opponent by rubbing salt into the wound. You score your goal, you line up for the face-off and you let the minutes tick off the clock.
Check it out in Marchand's own words:
Brad Marchand on why he fought Lars Eller: "His celebration was unnecessary. He took an angle in front of our bench and celebrated in a 7-0 game. So I just let him know."
Source: J.D. Burke
Photo Credit: J.D. Burke