Brad Marchand Delivers Questionable Hit Again

Brad Marchand’s controversial low hit on Tyler Bertuzzi during Game 4 of the Bruins’ playoff series against the Maple Leafs continues his reputation for questionable on-ice actions, amidst a series already marked by contentious incidents and criticisms from both teams.

Brad Marchand, that pesky forward from the Boston Bruins, is stirring things up again. This time, it was during Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Near the end of the first period, he delivered a hit that’s raising eyebrows. He went dangerously low on winger Tyler Bertuzzi.

The hit happened as both players crossed the center-ice line. Targeting the lower body, Marchand’s move looked particularly egregious. Some might defend the check as legal. Yet, others see it as an unnecessary slew foot, posing a real risk of injury to Bertuzzi.

Intentions aside, Marchand’s not exactly the darling of the hockey world. His reputation for similar antics was highlighted in this series against the Leafs. He’s been a thorn in their side, drawing plenty of heat from the Toronto camp.

Interestingly, Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Leafs in Game 3. But not without controversy. He managed to get away with a clear trip on Bertuzzi in the second period. That move led to a goal that tied the game at 1-1.

His actions on Saturday, particularly the trip, seemed over the line and unsafe. Leafs’ coach Sheldon Keefe didn’t hold back after the game. He accused Marchand of turning penalty evasion into an “art form.”

But it’s not all one-sided. The shenanigans have been mutual. In Game 3, Leafs’ Max Domi knocked Bruins’ goalie Jeremy Swayman to the ice during a break. This sparked a bit of a back-and-forth between the teams.

With two periods left in Game 4, and considering Marchand’s first-period antics, expect more fireworks. There’s sure to be more rough play and memorable quotes before this is over.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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