Leafs players brutally called out after “very disturbing reaction from the bench”

Leafs players brutally called out after “very disturbing reaction from the bench”

Following Timothy Liljegren getting tripped by Brad Marchand…



On Thursday night, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren left the game after Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand hit him into the boards with what’s known as a “can opener” in the final minute of the first period and wasn’t penalized for the incident.

While fans are busy criticizing Marchand for the move, former Maple Leafs player and TSN analyst Carlo Colaiacovo prefers to call out Liljegren’s teammates for not stepping up and wanting to do more to avenge him.

After Liljegren was taken out of the game, Marchand was caught jawing back and forth with the Maple Leafs’ bench. However, Colaiacovo does not understand why the blue liner’s teammates acted with such cowardice and would want coaching staff to address it before next game.

“This is a very disturbing reaction from the bench after watching a teammate get carried of the ice after a dirty hit.
If I’m running the video session today, this is the only clip that is being played on repeat. I like many others just shake my head”

The hit is likely going to shelf Liljegren “significant time” according to coach Sheldon Keefe. He added this about the controversial non-call:

“I got nothing. He just didn’t see the stick go in between his legs, a can opener, and you can go feet first into the boards in the most dangerous area of the ice,” the bench boss said.

I would have loved to hear what he had to say to his players with their reaction to Marchand almost taunting them on the bench after injuring one of their own.

Before the game, won 3-2 in a shootout by Boston, Leafs forward Tyler Bertuzzi talked about his former Bruins' teammate Marchand and said this about the captain: 

“That’s he’s actually a nice guy,” Bertuzzi told reporters at TD Garden on Thursday. “He’s easy to get along with and he’s a lot of fun to be around.”

Bertuzzi even expected Marchand would look to stir the pot. And he sure did. But the Maple Leafs clearly had no response for it... 

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