Marchand’s ‘unbelievable’ art of avoiding penalties irks Leafs’ Keefe

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In the hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, Toronto’s coach, Sheldon Keefe, expressed frustration over an incident involving Boston’s forward, Brad Marchand. Keefe believed Marchand should have been penalized for interference when he tripped up Toronto’s Tyler Bertuzzi, leading to a Bruins goal. Despite this, Marchand had a significant impact on the game, scoring two goals and an assist to help Boston win 4-2 and take a 2-1 series lead.

Toronto’s rookie player, Matthew Knies, acknowledged Marchand’s ability to get under their skin and influence referees. He emphasized the importance of staying composed and not letting Marchand’s tactics affect their game. However, Marchand continued to provoke Toronto players throughout the game, drawing the Leafs’ ire with his aggressive play.

Despite efforts to contain Marchand, Toronto made a crucial mistake that allowed him to score the game-winning goal. Keefe recognized Marchand’s skill and experience in manipulating situations to his advantage, stressing the need for Toronto to avoid putting themselves in vulnerable positions against him.

With the series now in Boston’s favor, Toronto faces pressure to bounce back in Game 4. They have struggled in recent playoff games at home, and another loss could put them on the brink of elimination. The Leafs must regroup and find ways to counter Marchand’s influence to turn the series around.

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