Closing out the 2018-19 NHL regular season with 100 points, Brad Marchand has come to be known as a great hockey player over the course of his ten year professional career.
With a long history of suspensions and fines for his underhanded on-ice tactics, the relentless winger was also labelled by former US president Barack Obama as a “little ball of hate.”
Those underhanded on-ice tactics have also led to a long line-up of NHLers that are more than happy to take Brad Marchand to task for some of his dirty moves.
Whether you call them moments of retribution, acts of karma, or just a bad day at the office, here are 10 times the Boston Bruin got ruined.
Ivan Provorov Hit to Head
Boston vs. Philadelphia – December 1, 2017
A couple of games in from an injury, Brad Marchand gets his bell rung by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov.
Making a play for the puck in the middle of the neutral zone, he’s mashed in a meetup with a stiff shoulder from Provorov.
Marchand, coming around low and being four inches shorter than Provorov’s 6’1″ frame, took the hit directly to the head. After a memory-losing moment or two on the ice, Marchand heads for the locker room.
Tim Connolly Takedown
Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs – March 5, 2012
Some may say Tim Connolly shied away from a full-on fight with Brad Marchand in this one. One thing that is for certain is that Connolly steps up WWE-style and nearly hip-tosses Marchand right through the ice.
It’s also one of Tim Connolly’s more memorable moments during his short and overpaid stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brandon Prust Spear to Groin
Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks – December 5, 2015
With the Vancouver Canucks down 4-0 and two minutes left in the game, frustrations boiled over, leading to a monetary fine for Brandon Prust and some banged-up berries for Boston’s left-winger.
Brandon Prust brushed off the $5,000.00 fine he was given for spearing Brad Marchand directly in the groin. In fact, Prust has repeatedly stated that it was the best money that he’s ever spent.
Matt Niskanen Fight
Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins – December 5, 2011
Brad Marchand catches Matt Niskanen with a quick and dirty slewfoot behind the net. Niskanen appears to let this one go at first but he’s pressed by Marchand and the two drop gloves.
Freeing up his right arm, Niskanen feeds eight shots to Marchand’s helmet before completely popping off the the Boston winger’s brain bucket.
After a few more shots are exchanged, Marchand tires and goes for the legs of Niskanen, leading the refs to break it up.
Mason Raymond Hip Check on Brad Marchand
Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks – June 11, 2011
In a hit that still has backers of the Bruins miffed, Mason Raymond completely smashes Brad Marchand with a brutal hip check.
Fans of the Boston Bruins take particular issue with the hit because it’s fairly similar to the one Marchand targeted Sami Salo with. The controversial NHLer received a five-game suspension and a $2,500.00 fine for his hit on Salo.
Raymond, on the other hand, skated away with nothing but a crumpled-up Brad Marchand in his wake and, presumably, a warm feeling in his heart.
Andrew Shaw Fight
Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins – June 17, 2013
Things heated up in Game 3 of 2013’s Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Initially, Bryan Bickell catches an elbow from Zdeno Chara, sparking a confrontation between the two. Chara then mauled Bickell like a grizzly bear.
Chara feasting on Bickell brought the rest of the boys to a scrum. Marchand and Shaw lock up in the midst the melee.
While similar to Chara’s grizzly-style tactics, Marchand goes in more like a bear cub, trying for an early takedown on Shaw. The Blackhawks winger outmaneuvers Marchand and lays him out flat.
While not the classiest of moves, Shaw then takes the opportunity to clock Marchand with a solid left.
Matthias Ohlund Open-ice Hit on Brad Marchand
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins – May 23, 2011
In an intense Game 5 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Brad Marchand had a solid run-in with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund.
Bringing back the old days of hockey, Ohlund delivers a devastating open-ice hit to Brad Marchand at Tampa’s blue line, probably loosening up Marchand’s laces and nearly popping off his helmet.
Damon Severson Hit on Brad Marchand
Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils – February 11, 2018
Brad Marchand is left bundled and bewildered after receiving a beautiful open-ice hit by Damon Severson in the final moments of a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins.
Severson completely flattens him with an incredibly stiff shoulder-to-shoulder check. Despite the hit being squeaky clean, the Bruins try to retaliate.
Ryan McDonagh Hits Brad Marchand into Glass
Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning – April 30, 2018
Ryan Mcdonagh offers up his own form of rhinoplasty to Brad Marchand in a second round playoff matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
McDonagh creeps up on the unsuspecting Bruin and completely flattens the Boston aggravator’s face into the glass. Mcdonagh then shoves Marchand by the remains of his nose and leaves him laying on the ice.
If there was a hockey player in the Mortal Kombat series this would strongly qualify for his finishing move.
P.K. Subban Hit on Brad Marchand
Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens – December 16, 2010
After passing behind the Bruins’ net, Marchand carries the puck hard up the ice. Deking his way passed a couple of Canadiens, the Boston forward makes it just inside the offensive zone before P.K. Subban obliterates him with the whole of his back.
While Marchand’s attempt was initially impressive, he drops his head and it costs him big time. After the hit, he spent some more time with his head down…on the bench.
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