DETROIT — The which-knee-was-hurt video wasn’t the only one involving Brad Marchand that has been circulating over the last 24 hours.

Marchand, Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara were all the butts of Jimmy Fallon‘s jokes in Tuesday’s “Tonight Show” as Fallon gave superlatives to different players in the NHL postseason based solely on their headshots.

Marchand was given the superlative for being the “Most Likely to Play a Pizza Delivery guy in an 80s Movie About Skiing,” Hamilton got “Easiest to Replicate as a Bobblehead” and Chara got “Most Likely to be Two Humans Sewn Together.”

“It’s pretty funny,” Milan Lucic said Wednesday. “At the end of the day, we had something to laugh about this morning.”

Hamilton, who has also said his head shot makes him look like Beeker from The Muppets, said he didn’t understand how he looked like a bobblehead, but did say he prefers Fallon to The Muppets. His teammates felt that Marchand’s superlative was the most accurate.

“I could [see him delivering pizzas],” Lucic said. “Out of the three, that’s probably the best one.”

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DJ Bean

The Red Wings are learning what the Red Wings did last year. (AP)DETROIT -- Jarome Iginla has now seen both sides of it. The Bruins are in lockdown mode and it's working. 



Brendan Smith knows what Brad Marchand is all about. (AP)

Brendan Smith knows what Brad Marchand is all about. (AP)

DETROIT — Add Brendan Smith to the list of folks who were suspicious of Brad Marchand‘s actions when Marchand held his right knee after receiving a leg check from Smith on his left leg in the second period of the Bruins’ 3-0 Game 3 victory over the Red Wings.

Though Marchand planted his right leg and twisted it as he fell to the ice, video of the hit made the rounds on the internet suspecting that Marchand, trying to fake an injury in an effort to draw a penalty, forgot which leg to sell.

Smith said he saw a picture of the play and found it “interesting.” Upon having Marchand’s explanation — that he had twisted the other knee — relayed to him Wednesday, Smith sarcastically said “oh” and said “I’ll let you guys be the judge of that.”

“That’s the kind of player he is and he’s lived off of it for a long time and that’s why he’s great,” Smith said. “That’s something that he’s going to do, but it’s kind of funny when you get caught like that when you go down on your left leg and you’ve got right leg up. But that’s how he is and how he plays.

“It’s worked for him. You think about last year’s playoffs. He baited [Matt] Cooke into maybe fighting and then he wheeled up the wing and put it top shelf, but that’s something that he does. He’s an antagonizer, he’s like a pest kind of a guy, but he’s very good at it and he’s one of the best in the league at that. It’s good that the refs can understand that and go from that.”

Marchand has been going after Smith since the opening shifts of Game 1. Smith denied that Marchand was getting under his skin but did say he has a problem with his cheap shots.

“I don’t know him, so I don’t know,” Smith said. “I don’t like some of the cheap shots here and there. Nobody really does — name somebody and I’ll call you a liar because nobody really likes cheap shots. In that sense, I don’t like how he plays in that sense, I don’t like how he plays in that way. Other than that way, I don’t really know him, so I can’t comment.”

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DJ Bean

DETROIT — Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was more involved in Wednesday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena, fueling speculation that he could be available to return from back injury soon.

Mike Babcock said that the team was letting Zetterberg practice in place of Pavel Datsyuk, whose wife was having a baby. Asked after the skate whether there was any chance that he could play in Thursday’s Game 4 against the Bruins, Datsyuk responded, “I have no idea.”

Zetterberg had back surgery on Feb. 21 and was initially expected to miss the first round. That may still be the case, though Zetterberg said he was ahead of schedule. Both he and Babcock have been relatively tight-lipped about just when he’ll return to Detroit’s lineup.

 

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DJ Bean
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the hit on Brad Marchand‘€™s knee, flopping and more.

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the hit on Brad Marchand‘€™s knee, flopping and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Even though the Bruins dominated on Tuesday, winning 3-0 and going up in the series 2-1, there was a moment during the second period when Marchand went down with what looked like a knee injury after Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith tripped him, hitting his left leg. The only issue was Marchand grabbed his right leg. Thornton isn’t sure what happened, theorizing that Marchand may have injured himself on the fall.

“When he tried to jump around him, I don’€™t know if he twisted something or if he just fell awkwardly when he came down,” Thornton said. “I don’t know. I know Marchy has a reputation that will probably follow him forever. After the penalty was called, I don’€™t think he would have laid there if he wasn’t in a little bit of pain.”

While hockey isn’t known for flopping, it does occur in the game. Thornton isn’t a fan of embellishing in general, but he admits that sometimes it helps to get the referees’ attention and get the correct call.

“You shouldn’t have to fall down every time you get slashed or cross-checked to get a call, but depending on where you are in the situation, it seems that sometimes you don’€™t go down, you don’€™t get the call,” Thornton said. “I think a lot of the reason we didn’t get as many power plays as maybe we should have during the year is because we, as a group, probably just played through things instead of rolling around on the ground.”

During the game, the Bruins attacked the Red Wings quickly, producing two goals in the first period for the early lead. However, Thornton saw Detroit play well in the second period and knew the Bruins had to perform better in the third period, evidenced by the Blue Jackets losing to the Penguins 4-3 on Monday despite leading by two in the first period.

“They had a pretty good second period,” Thornton said. “We look around the other games around the league, Columbus was up 2-0 in the middle of the night and I think there was another game, too. This time of year you can’€™t really take anything for granted. So I know our talk after the second period was, it wasn’t really good enough, we better play better in the third or it’€™s going to come back and bite us. I thought they put up a pretty good fight.”

Thornton sees the Bruins as a good team that simply needs to take things game by game and perform the way they’€™re used to performing.

“We know that we can be a very effective hockey team when we’€™re moving, we’€™re skating and playing physical,” Thornton said. “And that’€™s kind of been the focus — just play our game, not worry about anything else. Just play our game. That’€™s usually the focus around our locker room for the last few years anyways; just play the way we play.”

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Arjuna Ramgopal

Dougie Hamilton took advantage of the Red Wings in Game 3. (AP)DETROIT -- The Red Wings learned the hard way Tuesday night that you can't give teams even one period in the playoffs. In particular, you shouldn't give a team that doesn't let you score a period. 

Game 3 saw the Bruins blank the Red Wings, 3-0, at Joe Louis Arena and take a 2-1 series lead. Detroit was better in the second and third periods, but a wretched first period meant a wretched result. 



DETROIT — Brad Marchand is a dirty player and we’ve all seen him dive in the past.

There. Now that you know this isn’t an ode to the Bruins resident pest, let’s get to the matter at hand: Marchand most likely did not fake an injury to the wrong knee in the second period of Game 3 against the Red Wings.

Just over five minutes into the second period, Marchand went to jump out of the way to avoid a collision between he and Brendan Smith. The result was a leg check from Smith, who made contact with Marchand’s left knee.

Marchand fell to the ice, was slow to get up and Smith was penalized tripping. Soon after, video began circulating of the play, noting that Marchand was grabbing his right knee while on the ice. Marchand was doing a poor job, the good ship internet alleged, of faking an injury to the wrong leg.

But that isn’t what happened.

Marchand was grabbing his right knee because his right knee was the one that twisted all funkily and hit the ice when he fell. In fact, if he grabbed his left knee it would have been faking given that Smith didn’t actually make contact with the knee.

“I twisted it when I landed there,” Marchand said of his right knee. “It kind of felt like a pop, and my leg was tingling a bit. I just wanted to make sure it was OK and moving right.”

Marchand said he told the official that made the call that he didn’t think Smith’s hit was dirty.

“I even said that to the ref after when he asked what happened,” Marchand said. “I just tried to jump around him and he clipped me a little bit, but it was just more how I landed, so it was the right call.”

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DJ Bean