Brad Marchand has turned Justin Williams into an unhinged poop sandwich-eating lunatic

Alex Reimer
May 15, 2019 - 10:18 am

Brad Marchand’s antagonism prompted Carolina captain Justin Williams to say he ate a “poop sandwich” following his club’s blowout loss to the Bruins in Game 2. He took the metaphor to its obvious conclusion Tuesday, playing like poop in the Hurricanes’ 2-1 loss. 

You are what you eat, after all. 

Boston bested the Hurricanes in Raleigh behind an extraordinary 35-save performance from Tuukka Rask. The Hurricanes could not crack Rask all night, despite several offensive onslaughts. 

Williams, however, was largely absent from the offensive mix. He was too busy tangling himself with Torey Krug and levying a cheap-shot on David Backes –– an apparent sign the playoff master has lost his damn mind.

Marchand is the one who deserves credit for taking Williams out of his element. The pesky Bruins forward baited Williams into a tussle in the second period of Game 2, catching him with a high stick around his neck that the officials missed. Williams responded in kind, which prompted the referees to whistle him for a two-minute holding penalty.

On Tuesday, Williams got physical early, targeting Krug on three separate occasions. Williams got called for roughing minors every time, including when he lined up Krug for a high and late hit as the period was nearing its conclusion.

But the most egregious act from Williams in the first period came when play was dead. With 9:52 remaining, Williams involved himself in a scrum in front of the Boston net, situating himself behind Backes. The 19-year vet proceeded to unleash a couple of right hands into Backes, which went uncalled.

Just imagine the international pearl-clutching if Marchand were captured in a similar act, such as when he sucker-punched Blue Jackets forward Scott Harrington during the previous round. Williams mirrored Marchand’s behavior Tuesday, except it went largely unnoticed by the hockey world.

In fact, analyst Don Cherry even said postgame he thinks it’s a mistake for the Bruins to get under Williams’ skin. It would seem to be a win for Boston if the Hurricanes’ unequivocal leader would rather spend his time getting into altercations with Krug and Backes opposed to shooting pucks on net, but what do we know?

Williams has played 154 playoff games in his career and this is the first time he’s ever been called for two or more penalties in back-to-back contests. Marchand may have scored the deciding goal Tuesday, but his greatest impact was Williams’ unraveling.