Brad Marchand not in a talking mood after Game 6 win


COLUMBUS – The Bruins are headed to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time in six years, so clearly there were smiles in the B’s dressing room following their 3-0 dispatching of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena.

But there was also a “crispy” Brad Marchand, who used 39 words to answer 19 questions in an unusually laconic approach to his media availability despite the happy moment in the Boston dressing room. Marchand used “great” to describe Tuukka Rask’s performance, and said “obviously not” when asked if the Bruins goaltender looked “dented” during his 39-save.

Here’s a few more of his greatest hits while channeling the “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” vibe from Marshawn Lynch:  

What was the difference turning around the series after we were down 2-1 in the series? “We won.”

How good does it feel going to the conference finals for the first time in a while? “It’s good.”

Do you have a bet on how few words you’re going to use in this availability? “Maybe.”

Anybody say anything interesting to you in the handshake line? “Nope.”

What do you think about Carolina? “They’re good.”

Are you feeling a little crispy tonight? “Oh yeah.”

It would appear that the incident stems from a Game 2 pregame interview where a Hockey Night in Canada reporter asked him if he’d had his skate blades sharpened prior to the game after he’d stomped on Cam Atkinson’s stick in Game 1 of the series. But there’s no real explanation as to why it carried over to tonight with both the walk-off interview, and with the usual postgame availability afterward.

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