After calling out an NHL concussion spotter after the Boston Bruins’ 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers on Friday, Brad Marchand took to Twitter later in the evening to apologize for his comments.
Toward the end of the second period of the Bruins’ comeback victory, Marchand was chasing after the puck when he was skated into Jacob Trouba’s elbow, which hit him in the head. Although he looked shaken up from the contact, Marchand stayed in the game and wasn’t pulled by the spotter until the start of the third period.
Postgame, Marchand expressed his disappointment with the delay, especially in crunch time as Boston trailed 2-1 entering the final frame.
“That’s embarrassing. They had 20 minutes to sit there and view the tape and call that in … guy’s up there busy eating pizza and cheeseburgers and can’t watch the game,” the 31-year-old told reporters, via Boston Sports Journal’s Conor Ryan. “Maybe next time, he’ll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game.”
Later on, though, Marchand apologized, saying that his comments were made in the heat of the moment.
“My emotions got the best of me,” Marchand wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t want to miss any shifts with us being down 2-1. I know the spotters are there to help us and I shouldn’t have taken my frustrations out on them.”
My emotions got the best of me after today’s game. I didn’t want to miss any shifts with us being down 2 to 1. I know the spotters are there to help us and I shouldn’t have take my frustrations out on them.
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) November 30, 2019
In 26 games this season, Marchand is third in the NHL scoring race with 18 goals and 43 points.