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Atkinson laughs off Marchand antics, focuses on Game 2 for Blue Jackets

Jokes that Bruins forward must pay for breaking stick in series opener

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Cam Atkinson thought of a way Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand can make amends for his stick-breaking stomp in overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Thursday.

"He owes me $300," the Columbus Blue Jackets right wing said while laughing after practice at TD Garden on Friday. "You can tell him that. I'm expecting that."

Check? Venmo? PayPal?

"Cash," Atkinson said. "Straight cash."


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The incident occurred before a neutral zone face-off 3:33 into overtime, 1:42 before Charlie Coyle scored for the Bruins to give them a 3-2 win. Game 2 in the best-of-7 series is at TD Garden on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Marchand and Atkinson were lined up next to each other; before linesman Ryan Gibbons dropped the puck, the Bruins forward used his right foot to step on Atkinson's stick, breaking it.

"I wasn't chirping him, he wasn't chirping me," Atkinson said. "I thought it was broken and then I looked and it just snapped right in half. I was obviously a little bit more upset after the fact but, hey, that's how she goes."

Marchand would accept no blame. In fact, he wryly laid it on Atkinson instead when asked about the incident Friday.

"Yeah, I think he was trying to dull up my [skate] blade there, send me to the room to get it sharpened," Marchand said while smiling mischievously. "It's kind of rude of him to do."

A few hours later, Atkinson had a chance to respond.

"I probably should have had a comeback for that one," he said. "I know him. It is what it is. Luckily [Patrice] Bergeron got kicked out of the draw because if they dropped the puck it was going to be 5-on-4, right? Kudos to him for getting away with it. 

Atkinson said nobody saw it happen. He wonders if it would have been a penalty for delay of game if Marchand was caught in the act.

"He's a professional magician, that's his style," Atkinson said. "He's been doing those sorts of things for a long time and that's what makes him successful." 

Atkinson said now he'll probably have to watch when he puts his stick down before face-offs.

"You know, I did like that stick a lot," Atkinson said.

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