“Sounds like he’s holding on to something,” Bruins captain Brad Marchand takes DIG at Maple Leafs forward Ryan Reaves over previous remarks
Brad Marchand and Ryan Reaves had got involved into a huge war of words during their previous encounter in November.
Ryan Reaves (L) and Brad Marchand (R) [Pic Credit: AP]
The rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs has gotten heated once again. As the two “Original Six” teams got ready to face off against each other, there had been some trash-talking between Ryan Reaves and Brad Marchand. The Bruins captain has now taken a dig at Reaves over his previous comments.
During the previous encounter between these two sides earlier this season, Marchand found himself under heavy backlash from the fans. He was slammed for injuring Timothy Liljegren through his hit. At that time, both Reaves and Marchand got involved in a verbal exchange.
Following the games, the Maple Leafs forward would send an intimidating message towards him. In this back-and-forth of words, Reaves admitted that Marchand mocked him for earning less than him. The 34-year-old would laugh it off and claim that these words do not faze him.
He likes telling me he makes a lot more than I do. Doesn’t really bother me. A lot of players make a lot more than I do.Ryan Reaves on Brad Marchand through The Hockey Feed.
When asked about this, Marchand would claim that he might have said this before, and seems like Reaves could not let the previous comments go away.
I think I said that once… a long time ago. Sounds like he’s holding onto it.Brad Marchand in his reply to Ryan Reaves through The Hockey Feed.
Brad Marchand scores OT winner to lift Bruins to 3-4 victory over Maple Leafs
Over the past decade, Brad Marchand has established himself as one of the modern-day greats in NHL history. The 35-year-old forward has made a huge name for himself while representing the Boston Bruins. Considered a hero by the Bruins fanbase, the rivals have labeled him as a villain and a “pest” for his dirty plays. Following the earlier trash-talking, Marchand went on to score the overtime winner to cap off a 3-4 away win.
It was the Maple Leafs who seemed to be heading with momentum in overtime as Auston Matthews tied the game to make it 3-3 with around 5.7 seconds left in the game. The star forward was able to put his shot in the back of the net through the mix of several players.
In some true movie-style drama, Marchand stepped up and took the spotlight. As William Nylander slipped up near the neutral zone, David Pastrnak took the puck and was one-on-one with Joseph Woll. The keeper was able to keep him out but could not stop the Bruins captain from smashing it from close range.
This turned out to be his eighth goal of the season. It also ended an eight-game goal drought for Marchand whose team is now five points ahead at top of the table with a 16-4-3 record. For the Maple Leafs, one mistake cost them the game and they will look to bounce back from this close defeat when they face the Ottawa Senators next.
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