Marchand declines fight, war of words with Capitals’ Eller

Matt Kalman
January 10, 2019 - 11:26 pm

Lars Eller wanted to fight Brad Marchand, but Marchand didn’t want to fight and the only one that got any physical action during the second-period sequence Thursday was linesman Kory Nagy, who scored a takedown on Marchand 7:43 into the period.

Eller was looking for some revenge for the butt kicking he took at Marchand’s hands near the end of a 7-0 Washington victory Oct. 3. Marchand was looking for a power play with the Bruins down 1-0.

“He plays, you know, maybe 10, 12 minutes a night and I’m playing 20,” Marchand said in postgame scrum after the Bruins lost to the Capitals 4-2 at TD Garden, their 14th straight loss to Washington dating back to 2014.

“So in a 1-0 game, to go on the power play, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, so that’s the way it is.”

Eller, who averaged 16:57 of ice time a night, wasn’t amused. He was looking to save face after he felt he was jumped in that game in D.C.

“I would’ve rather fought him. But you can’t fight a guy that doesn’t want to fight,” Eller said. “Everybody saw what he is. … I don’t know what else to say. We got out of here with two points, we got what we wanted.”

Pushed on what he meant by “everybody saw what he is,” Eller kept his response brief.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of integrity in his game,” Eller said.

It may not have been surprising that Marchand passed on the fight. But in a brief post-scrum conversation with, the usually gabby Marchand didn’t want to engage in a battle of words with Eller either.

“Again that’s Lars’ opinion and I will not concern myself at all with his views or his opinions. I’m not even going to engage in this battle because it means absolutely nothing to me. So that’s Lars’ views and he’s entitled to that,” Marchand said.

The Bruins and Capitals meet again Feb. 3.

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