Brad Marchand defends Brandon Prust because the NHL is a weird league where players hit each other in the you-know-whats and shrug it off

DJ Bean
December 07, 2015 - 7:38 am

[caption id="attachment_54631" align="alignright" width="150"] Brad Marchand[/caption] Brad Marchand questioned Brandon Prust'€™s integrity on Monday. Then he pretty much defended the player who whacked him in the you-know-whats in Saturday'€™s game between the Bruins and Canucks. What a sport. Prust was fined $5,000 by the NHL'€™s Department of Player Safety for spearing Marchand in the groin in the final minutes of the Bruins'€™ 4-0 win in Vancouver. The veteran forward responded to the suspension by calling his fine the "best money I ever spent."€ His comments should not have been overly surprising because, as was seen around these parts with Milan Lucic, hockey players are cool with the idea of skating around whacking each other'€™s privates and then occasionally referencing a make-believe set of standards called The Code. "I thought that he played with a lot more class in his game," Marchand said. "I thought he was a hard-worker, but clearly he doesn'€™t have that integrity that I think a lot of people thought he had." There are worse cheap shots that can be taken. Concussions can derail a player'€™s well-being, but they'€™ll always exist in the NHL because of the speed of the game and the size of the equipment. It would seem that it would be easy enough for players to decide that the -- let'€™s keep calling it "groin" -- is off-limits. It isn'€™t, for some reason. "Well it clearly doesn'€™t feel good and it hurts," Marchand said when asked why players hit each other in that area. "Whenever you'€™re upset with someone and you want to take a shot, it'€™s an easy place to target and you know it'€™s going to hurt. I think that'€™s why a lot of guys do it." When reminded that players often refer to The Code (which, again, is as real as the Easter Bunny), Marchand essentially defended Prust. "It happens all the time. If you'€™re down by a few goals or you'€™re having a bad game and someone takes a shot at you, someone says the wrong thing, then guys get upset and they take shots at guys," he said. "It'€™s just human nature and there'€™s a lot of good players that take jabs at guys. People can say whatever they want. I'€™m not overly upset about what happened. It'€™s part of the game; I'€™ve done it and I'€™m sure he'€™s done it before. I'€™m sure it won'€™t be the last. It won'€™t be the last time I do it. It is what it is and it'€™s part of hockey." What a sport.