Brad Marchand has regrets. Not about giving a prone Scott Harrington a shot in the back of the head, but for getting caught on camera doing it.
That forced him to step in front of reporters between games in this second-round series and face another round of loaded questions about his ability to straddle the line between agitator and aggravator.
"You know it’s probably not something that I’d go back and do it again," Marchand said Wednesday.
Most of the online outrage stemming from the Game 3 incident was fuelled by who initiated it. The jab itself was relatively harmless — Harrington, the Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman, certainly didn’t seem too bothered by it — but it placed Marchand under the microscope for the wrong reasons.
Both he and centre Patrice Bergeron have been held without a point while falling behind the Blue Jackets 2-1, which explains in part why they’ll be reunited with David Pastrnak to start Game 4 here on Thursday.
They formed one of the most dangerous lines in hockey during the regular season but have only been part-time partners in these playoffs — with Bergeron having played 66:52 with Danton Heinen at even strength, compared to 58:54 with Pastrnak.