Marchand Gets Tossed as Bruins Lose to Blue Jackets 6-4

[AP Photo/Winslow Townson]

Typically, after every Bruins game, we do a game recap. This time, however, I am way to pissed off to recap the game. The officiating was atrocious tonight, which lead to the Bruins falling to the Blue Jackets by a score of 6-4.

I’d be lying if I said I hated the Columbus Blue Jackets. I mean, I can’t really hate them anyway because we established our friendship three years ago on Twitter. It’s pretty official.

And even if the Bruins lost 6-4 to, of all teams, the Blue Jackets, the real losers tonight were the officials. Let me break it down to you.

It all started when Blue Jackets forward William Karlsson shot the puck so blatantly over the glass it had spectators ducking in the club section. Despite this, the officials claimed that the puck nicked the glass, therefore no delay of game penalty was awarded. This came in a situation where the Bruins were down by just one goal.

Then, in the third period, the officials had to deal with a coaches challenge, where Claude Julien was arguing that goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was interfered with on a goal that would give the Blue Jackets a 5-3 lead in the game. Before the puck crossed the goal line, Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell wacked Dennis Seidenberg’s stick out of his hand, and proceeded to shoot the stick towards Gustavsson, hitting him directly in the mask. This wasn’t enough for the officials to wave the goal off, however, so the Bruins trailed by two goals at this point.

And then finally, NHL official Chris Rooney’s ego inflated so much it should start a new conspiracy: #InflateGate.

With close to four minutes remaining in the third period, and the Bruins down by just one goal after Loui Eriksson netted his second of the game, Brad Marchand knocked the puck down and found himself all alone in the Blue Jackets zone. He had a breakaway, and for all we know, could’ve scored the game tying goal. Rooney had other plans, however – and blew his whistle claiming the puck was played with a high-stick. Marchand proceeded to whip the puck towards the corner boards in frustration, where Rooney would then proceed to toss Marchand from the game.

Marchand misconduct 2.22.16

There it is folks. That, in Chris Rooney’s eyes, is worthy of a game misconduct.

According to DJ Bean, Marchand unleashed with fury after being tossed from the game – and rightfully so. You see players shoot the puck at the boards in frustration rather frequently. This should not have warranted a game misconduct, and I’m still not even convinced it’s worthy of a minor penalty.

I’m just going to sleep this one off.


Nick Godin

In addition to running Bruins Diehards, Nick Godin has covered the Boston Bruins for various websites for over five years. He currently works for the Providence Bruins, and was a credentialed Portland Pirates writer. Nick is also a co-host of the Bruins Diehards podcast. When Nick is not writing, broadcasting or simply watching hockey as a fan, he is likely watching mixed martial arts/UFC. Yes, Nick likes fighting in the NHL.

One thought on “Marchand Gets Tossed as Bruins Lose to Blue Jackets 6-4

  1. Everything said, the Bruins have to play with at least a SPARK. Sometimes I don’t even think that the Bruins even try until they feel like it.


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