BOSTON - Generally, when the postgame discussion is centered around Brad Marchand's actions during a heated scrum, the dialogue isn't all that positive.
The pesky winger has, of course, been known for his share of shenanigans when it comes to gatherings after a whistle. But on Thursday night some wise in-scrum awareness may have saved the Bruins.
After Jordan Staal drove Chris Wagner into the end boards from behind early in the third period, Connor Clifton stepped in to defend his teammate, jabbing Staal with his stick, before attempting to wrap him into a headlock.
The maneuver did not last long. Marchand, realizing that the Bruins were about to get a power play, stepped in and pushed Clifton away to avoid any kind of matching penalties.