Bruins’ Brad Marchand feuds with Leafs YouTuber and reporter

Bruins forward Brad Marchand is known for his fiery antics.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bruins forward Brad Marchand is known for his fiery antics. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The NHL could get its own version of Kevin Durant on Twitter in the form of Brad Marchand.

Nobody has come even close to that Social media affine as an NBA superstar, but the Boston Bruins winger is certainly one of the online hockey players. However, his ferocity reached new heights on Wednesday.

It all started when Arizona Coyotes reporter Craig Morgan tried to get some clarity on what had happened on the ice, leading to defenseman Troy Stecher getting upset with Ducks winger Trevor Zegras earlier this week. It was initially assumed that Zegras mentioned Stecher’s late father, but reports have come out that this was not the case.

Marchand then tweeted “Hold your cake hole, Craig,” in response to Morgan’s report that the on-ice spat wasn’t about Stecher’s father. Jacob Stoller will play for the Bruins in Toronto on Wednesday The Ice Hockey News Marchand asked what he meant by that.

After reporting that Marchand downplayed the question a bit, the Bruins star went back online to reach out to Stoller.

After I got a little heated Sportsnets Steve Dangle decided to step in and check out Marchand. Well, of course, the winger wouldn’t back down.

The 34-year-old must have felt the attention of the Toronto spotlight and really made it worth the few hours before the puck was dropped. After skating that morning, Marchand spoke about how the Leafs don’t have any players who really enjoy chirping on the ice and joked about how Mitch Marner passes trash talk on to other topics.

“Mitch’s out there talking about video games and his dog and these horrible new skates that he put out,” Marchand said. “Besides, there aren’t many people who are happy to get involved in it.”

He even addressed the Leafs’ roster construction when it came to wages and caps when explaining why the Bruins have been able to thrive since winning the Stanley Cup in 2011.

“Guys were trying to take less to win because we know it bleeds through the lineup,” Marchand said. “If you can have six guys who are paid less than three, they’re a lot harder to play against. And that’s why we’ve been good for so long.”

To be fair, Toronto has had its problems with scoring depth beyond the high-paying trio of Auston Matthews, John Tavares and Marner. The team famously didn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs, so Marchand might have a small point here.

The Bruins meet the Leafs in a battle between the Atlantic Division’s top two clubs on Wednesday night. On the season, Marchand is second on his team with 46 points in 42 games.

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