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Watch: Bruins' Marchand pretends to embellish to mock Nashville's Sissons

Matt Kalman
November 04, 2018 - 1:59 pm

Bruins forward Brad Marchand did some acting in Boston’s 1-0 loss at Nashville on Saturday.

But instead of attempting to draw a penalty, Marchand was trying to call attention to the fact that Predators forward Colton Sissons faked getting hit by a high stick with less than two seconds remaining in the first period.

The punishment from referee Dean Morton: two minutes for high sticking, two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct.

Needless to say Marchand, who last March was fined $2,000 by the NHL for getting caught embellishing after he had been warned earlier in the season, wasn’t pleased.

“Well he [Morton] bit on an embellishment and that’s a tough penalty to call with a second left in the period in a game like that. So yeah, it’s frustrating,” Marchand said.

After the game, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was asked by NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards if the call against Marchand was because of Marchand’s reputation as being a pest.

“The league is trying to get certain things out of the game and that embellishment is one that they should look at,” Cassidy said. “We have a player that gets nailed for a penalty he didn’t commit and all of a sudden he’s out 14 minutes. Now part of that is on our player to make sure he has better discipline. I think part of it is on the official to work with the player. That’s where I was disappointed.

“Listen, Brad Marchand’s been in the league 10 years, he’s won a Stanley Cup. Listen, he’s had his run-ins with the law, but the 10-minute misconduct I thought was out of line. I thought he could’ve talked to him, could’ve talked to him about ‘OK, I’ve heard your piece now move along.’ There’s ways to defuse those situations, I think for officials that have been in the league a long time. I think he should be able to handle that without having to go that route, but he did, and we have to live with it.”

Without their third-leading scorer for nearly ¾ of the second period, the Bruins offense went nowhere and continued to struggle until they’d been shut out by goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The league is likely to check out Sissons’ performance and he may eventually get a fine, but that won’t be any consolation to the slumping Bruins.

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