Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has come under scrutiny during this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs for his perceived dirty play.
On the eve of the Boston Bruins’ Game 6 second round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, though, Marchand received criticism from an unlikely source.
Former boxer Mike Tyson sounded off on Sunday in an interview with commentator and renowned clothes horse Don Cherry Sunday.
“Did you thee that punch he threw at that Blue Jacketh player?” Tyson asked, referring to Marchand’s hit to the back of Blue Jacket Scott Harrington’s head in Game 3.
“That wath a rabbit punch,” Tyson explained. “If I had done that in the ring, my ath would’ve gotten in big trouble.”
“Thath juth bad etiquette, Don.”
Cherry responded that it could have been worse.
“I agree with you, Marchand’s action was unwarranted,” Cherry said, “but just imagine if a Hurricanes player had pulled a stunt like that. Those guys are a bunch of jerks.”
When he heard about Tyson’s criticism, Marchand laughed.
“The guy bit a dude’s ear, twice, and he’s giving me a hard time for hitting a dude in the back of the head,” Marchand said. “Harrington had his helmet on, so what’s the big deal?”
“I didn’t even know Mike Tyson liked hockey.”
Game 6 of the Bruins-Blue Jackets is scheduled for Monday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The winner of that series advances to face the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.