Against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins pulled a nefarious move against Matt Niskanen near the end boards: a slew-foot, that deplorable cheap shot in which he took out Niskanen's feet.
But then a curious thing happened later in the game: Marchand answered for it.
If you polled NHL fans, not many would claim Marchand to be a "stand up guy." But NESN's John Beattie believes this is evidence to the contrary:
Sure, Marchand likely called Niskanen bad things and told him that he left his purse behind the net, but regardless of what Marchand said, it's what he did that should be appreciated. The fact that he offered the (much larger) Penguin a chance to fight should put a smile on my fellow old school hockey fans' mugs. That's hockey.
A classy move that follows an unclassy act like slew-footing is missing in today's snaky game. Gone are the days where it was your duty to stick for pugilistic ramifications after pulling a dirty move. Nowadays,...