The Boston Bruins lost the battle on the ice to the Blueshirts, 5-2, but they apparently didn’t lose the war of words with the New York Rangers in the Black Friday matinee at TD Garden.
In a fit of pique, Rangers forward Artemi Panarin lost his cool to the point that he gunned one of his hockey gloves at Brad Marchand from the New York bench in the closing seconds of the Friday afternoon Turkey Day showdown. The ref quickly defused the situation as Marchand unsuccessfully tried to fish the Rangers glove from the Bruins bench, and neither player escalated after the B’s winger knocked the projective glove harmlessly away.
Punk move by Panarin. He should hear from the league on that one pic.twitter.com/aJVCYbdhvJ
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 26, 2021
Both players were slapped with 10-minute misconducts after the fracas at the benches. Marchand certainly had some fun with the situation postgame because, honestly, who really throws a glove anyway?
“That one caught me off guard a little bit,” admitted a smirking Marchand, who then described what led up to Panarin tossing the glove. “We were just asking how Thanksgiving dinner was. And he didn’t like what I ate.”
Clearly it was a harmless bit given that it was just a glove, but one would expect Panarin is facing some kind of punishment as the NHL shouldn’t be condoning the action of players launching equipment from one bench to the other during a nationally televised game on ABC.
Interestingly, the Rangers dressing room didn’t have much to say about the glove-throwing fit after the game was over.
“No comment. It’ll all come out one day,” said Rangers forward Ryan Strome, who had a goal, two points and was a plus-2 in the solid win for the Blueshirts.
But file this under Marchand once again getting under the skin of one of his opponents, this time Panarin, even if the scoreboard ultimately didn’t work in favor of the Black and Gold this time around.