Brad Marchand has a surprising reaction to Sam Bennett sucker punch

Dean Chaudhry
May 16, 2024  (3:38 PM)

Brad Marchand examining the landscape before a face-off.
Photo credit: Brian Fluharty - USA Today Sports

Boston Bruins' captain Brad Marchand opens up to the media about being on the wrong end of a sucker punch from Sam Bennett in Game 3.

Odds are that if you're not a fan of the Bruins, there's a really good chance you're not a fan of Brad Marchand. He's as controversial as they come, he's been on the wrong side of the law several times, but he's also gotten away with a lot more.
In game 3 of their second round series against the Florida Panthers, Marchand went down in a heap after a collision with Panthers' forward Sam Bennett. Upon further review, Bennett looked to have extended himself and landed a sucker punch that forced Marchand out of the game and subsequently the following 2 games of the series.
The NHL did not fine or suspend Bennett and in a weird turn of events, the most damning angle of the play wasn't released until 2 days after the fact. While Marchand definitely has a reason or two to be unhappy he opened up to the media earlier today about the incident:
«I think he got away with a shot. But I'm not gonna complain. Shit happens. I've been on the other side of a lot of plays. That's part of the game, part of playoff hockey. Sucks to be on the other side of it, but that stuff happens."

Not onlydid Marchand admit that he felt like Bennett got away with one, but he also said the quiet part out loud, admitting that players intentionally try to injure one another in the playoffs all the time.
«People don't want to say it, but part of playoffs is trying to hurt every player on the other team. The more guys you take out, the more advantage your team has. Every time you step on the ice, someone is trying to hurt someone.»

This year's post-season action in particular has been relatively strange because of the lack of consistency from the referees and the NHL as well. Suspensions are being handed out at random, fines are being levied left, right, and centre, and there's an extra layer of aggression and physicality that has endangered a lot of the league's top players - at least compared to years past.
Playoff hockey is a different breed compared to the regular season and the aggressiveness is kicked up a notch but plays like Bennett sucker punching Marchand is still out of line and should be reprimanded consistently.
The Bruins are hoping that Marchand can suit up for Game 6 on Friday night as they look to stave off elimination and force a Game 7.
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Brad Marchand has a surprising reaction to Sam Bennett sucker punch

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