What did Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand say to Artemi Panarin to get the Russian forward fired up enough to throw a glove at him from the opposing bench in yesterday’s Black Friday showdown at TD Garden?
Allegedly, the Boston Bruins winger said something about Panarin not being welcome in Russia after his anti-Putin comments from months ago. At least that’s what Athletic reporter Arthur Staple is reporting from “a source” with knowledge of the situation after Ryan Strome vaguely referenced it after Friday afternoon’s glove-tossing fireworks.
— Michael Silvers (@msilvers1979) November 27, 2021
Marchand, of course, made a Thanksgiving joke of the whole thing afterward.
Brad Marchand explains what led to Rangers winger Artemi Panarin throwing his glove at the Bruins star from the bench late in Friday’s game 👇
“We were just asking each other how Thanksgiving dinner was and he didn’t like what I ate.”
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) November 26, 2021
People will try to make this out to be something bigger than it is, of course, because that’s the kind of outrage that hockey twitter lives for. But in essence it’s two NHL players acting like little kids with one taunting that “nobody likes you” and the other one devolving into a fit throwing equipment that would get a 7-year-old mite player tossed off the ice.
It’s more funny than anything, but you would think the league has to do something.
This humble hockey writer would be very surprised if Panarin isn’t fined for throwing equipment onto the Boston Bruins bench at the end of Friday’s game on a nationally televised broadcast, but the rest of this amounts to “you started it!” whataboutism from the New York Rangers after their best player couldn’t control himself at the end of a game when they were comfortable ahead in the third period.
Can I also say, for the record, that New York Rangers fans might be the biggest crybabies in the league rooting for a team that hasn’t won jack in almost 30 years? I am impressed at the sheer amount of crybaby soup they spill over their hockey team. The cherry on top of the sundae? Panarin was fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety just as I said he would much to the dismay of so many screaming, uninformed fans of the Blueshirts.
Shout out to all the stupid Rangers fans that questioned why I said Panarin would hear from the league about tossing his glove onto the opposing bench. You can’t do that, NY knuckleheads https://t.co/CGc6dtKhvU pic.twitter.com/75Fx7Ae46P
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 27, 2021
Now on to the rest of the BHN Puck Links:
*Honestly, who throws a glove? (Boston Hockey Now)
*Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin continues to score at an amazing clip this season after collecting his career 28th hat trick for the Caps. (Washington Hockey Now)
*The Florida Panthers are having power play issues with or without Sasha Barkov, according to FOH (Friend of Haggs) George Richards. (Florida Hockey Now)
*Who will be the last of the original Vegas Golden Knights to stick with the team? Interesting question. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*Another loss for the Vancouver Canucks as they sink deeper and deeper into the abyss in British Columbia. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
*Fun profile with NHL Network and TNT host Jackie Redmond answering a number of questions about her hockey career, her Nova Scotian roots and some difficult moments in her hosting career. I’ve always thought Redmond was a great talent going back to her days hosting sports highlight countdown shows on Sportsnet before she was hired away by the league. (The Athletic)
*Feels like Lindy Ruff isn’t too happy with the New Jersey Devils right now. Whenever you mention bantams and peewees, you’re looking to hurt feelings.
“Our puck play was terrible, you go off-side six or seven times in the game…commitment to just stopping or slowing down at the line, that’s stuff you learn in bantam, peewee hockey. You don’t cross the line.” – #NJDevils Lindy Ruff pic.twitter.com/MLTklFfFf2
— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) November 27, 2021
*Eight straight losses for the New York Islanders. Yikes. (New York Post)
*For something completely different: What a great day in sitcom history that today is.
— Old School 80s (@OldSchool80s) November 27, 2021