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‘The eye gouge I didn’t like’ — counterparts Marchand, Shaw tangle

Updated: June 20, 2013 8:32AM



No, Brad Marchand didn’t have a run-in with a cat after Monday night’s Game 3 victory against the Blackhawks that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

The scratch in the middle of the Bruins winger’s forehead was the result of a different sort of scrap, one with Blackhawks irritator Andrew Shaw. The two tangled at the tail end of the game after Zdeno Chara and Bryan Bickell had their own altercation and the rest of the players on the ice paired off around the Bruins net. Marchand and Shaw dropped the gloves, and though the tussle was brief, they both got five-minute major penalties.

“Yeah, I’ve got a nice scratch on my forehead right there, a little claw mark. Like a kitty cat,” Marchand said. “But that stuff happens in scrums.”

The 5-9, 183-pound Marchand and 5-10, 180-pound Shaw play the same role on their respective teams. They’re on the ice to distract opponents from the task at hand with physicality and verbal exchanges. It just so happened that with time running down, they finally were able to get at one another.

Marchand wasn’t even offended that Shaw tried to get in a few blows after the pair tumbled to the ice along with a linesman.

“Not really. That stuff happens,” he said. “I’ve done that before. The eye gouge I didn’t like, but it’s part of the game.”

Opening for Jagr

The Bruins have a multitude of defensively responsible forwards, and if you’re making a list of the ones you want on the ice to protect a lead in the closing seconds of a Stanley Cup Final game, Jaromir Jagr probably isn’t in the top six, maybe even the top nine.

Yet in both the sweep-clinching Game 4 victory against Pittsburgh and Monday night’s game, Jagr was among those trying to keep the puck out of the Bruins’ net with the opposing goaltender on the bench for an extra attacker.

“First of all, we had a tired bench,” coach Claude Julien said about the end of Monday night’s game. “We got scrambling near the end. As far as I’m concerned, Jagr has a good stick. He doesn’t panic under pressure.

“Maybe in hindsight it would have been nice for him to get a goal, too. Is that what you were hoping I’d say? OK, I said it.”

Jagr’s assist in Game 3 was his eighth of the playoffs, but he’s still looking for his first postseason goal.

“[Julien] probably wanted me to score in the empty net. He tried to help me,” Jagr joked Monday night. “He wants me to get the monkey off my back, and I told him, ‘I love the monkey, man.’ ”



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