BOSTON — Although they’re mathematically still alive for a playoff berth, the Toronto Maple Leafs are probably not going to qualify for the postseason.
Toward the end of the second period druing the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Leafs, Boston forward Brad Marchand offered the Leafs bench a suggestion on what to do once the regular season ends.
After a scrum, Marchand made a golf-swing gesture that probably got under the skin of some of the blue-and-white-wearing players. It also irked the Bruins’ bench boss.
“I got a little bit of an earful [from Claude Julien between periods],” admitted Marchand after the game, “it won’t happen again.”
Marchand said that Phil Kessel popped him in the mouth and there should’ve been a penalty. Instead there was a razzing from the bench and then the gesture.
“That was a little immature of me. I shouldn’t have done that,” said the pesky winger.
Earlier in the game, Marchand gave the Bruins one of their few bursts of energy on the night with a shorthanded goal. Julien knows he has to take the good and the bad with Marchand and hope that the good outweighs all else by the end of the game.
“He’s been a good player for us,” said Julien. “And again, his emotions can sometimes be a positive, and sometimes you don’t want to cross the line. You certainly don’t like that when it happens, so it’s just a learning process.”
Earlier this month Marchand received a two-game suspension for a hit to the head and a period-long benching from his coach for some undisciplined play. Now comes this. Marchand’s going to have to mature a little more before the postseason starts because these little maneuvers could be magnified and cost Boston in the playoffs.