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In the Capitals’ Opening Night meeting with the Boston Bruins back in October (one in which they dropped a 7-0 bombshell on the B’s), Boston forward Brad Marchand took exception to a goal celebration by Caps’ center Lars Eller, and subsequently forced Eller into a fight that wasn’t fair from the start, a move that caused Eller to decline comment about the incident prior to Thursday night’s game in Beantown. Eller tried to return the favor to Marchand, but the rugged winger refused to retaliate.
At the 7:43 mark of the second period, Eller attempted to engage Marchand in another round of fisticuffs, only for the Bruins’ agitator to refuse, resulting in Eller being seated in the penalty box for two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct; the Bruins would fail to score on the ensuing power play.
After the game, Eller was not pleased with Marchand’s refusal to answer, responding by saying the following:
Lars Eller on Brad Marchand: “Everyone saw what he is. … There’s not a lot of integrity in his game.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) January 11, 2019
Marchand, when asked why he refused to fight Eller, responded by taking aim at Eller’s playing time and role with the team, saying:
Brad Marchand on why he didn’t fight Lars Eller when challenged: “I haven’t looked at the stat sheet, but I really don’t feel like I need to prove anything. He plays maybe 10-12 minutes a night and I’m playing 20. In a 1-0 game and to go on a power play, it doesn’t make sense”
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) January 11, 2019
The Capitals and Bruins don’t meet again until February 2, and there is no doubt going to be some bad blood left between the two clubs; one of which has defeated the other in 14 consecutive games.
By Michael Fleetwood