Maple Leafs Coach Criticizes Brad Marchand After Game 3 Loss

Brad Marchand’s crucial role in the Boston Bruins’ Game 3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs prompted a backhanded compliment from Leafs’ coach Sheldon Keefe, criticizing Marchand’s ability to draw favorable calls.

Brad Marchand’s third-period heroics were something else, weren’t they? They propelled the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 Game 3 victory. This win gave them a 2-1 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But, Toronto’s head coach, Sheldon Keefe, was far from impressed.

Post-game, Keefe had a few words to share with reporters. And let’s just say, they weren’t exactly overflowing with praise for Marchand. In fact, what he said could be seen as a backhanded compliment at best.

“He gets calls. It’s unbelievable, actually, how it goes,” Keefe remarked. He seemed genuinely baffled by the situation. According to him, Marchand has a unique talent. “I don’t think there’s another player in this series who gets away with taking out Bertuzzi’s legs the way that he does.”

Keefe concluded, “It’s an art and he’s elite at it.” Clearly, Keefe was not in the mood to sing Marchand’s praises. Instead, he highlighted a part of Marchand’s game that leaves many talking.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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