BOSTON (CBS) — In a heated rivalry game on Boston ice, one thing was very clear on Sunday night: Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban do not like each other.
The two have a bit of a history, with Subban laying out Marchand with one of the hardest hits you can ever see in a hockey game in December 2010. The two ended up fighting last season in October in a lengthy bout which was essentially a draw.
Marchand and Subban didn’t drop the gloves on Sunday night, but they were no strangers to each other during the Canadiens’ 4-3 win. Subban delivered a heavy open-ice hit on Marchand in the second period, and the two jawed at each other all the way up the ice. Subban again hit Marchand in the third period, long after Subban backed away from physical contact from Nathan Horton in a scrum after a whistle.
Afterward, Marchand was left unimpressed with being Subban’s target.
“Subban was asking me to fight. Three or four guys asked to fight him, and he’s running scared from Horty,” Marchand said of Subban. “But he comes after the smallest guy on the team. It just shows you what kind of character they have there.”
Marchand wasn’t the only one to call out Subban, though Bruins coach Claude Julien took particular issue with what he deemed embellishment on the part of Subban after getting hit by Shawn Thornton.
“Tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment,” Julien said. “It’s pretty obvious, you know, when P.K. gets hit and he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. And you know what if we start calling those penalties for embellishment maybe teams will stop doing it. But until we take charge of that it’s going to be an issue.”
These two teams will have some time to cool off, as they don’t meet again until March 27 in Boston, but chances are, nothing from Sunday night in Boston will be forgotten. It just wouldn’t be Bruins-Canadiens without some added drama.