NHL Playoffs: Grow up, Marchand. Grow up.

  • Brad Marchand played his best monosyllabic Neanderthal in postgame interviews. Why? Because he was upset that before Game 2, Sportsnet Canada’s Kyle Bukauskas had asked him about stomping on Cam Atkinson’s stick in OT in Game 1. Sure, the question was a touch sarcastic. But you’re going to be 31, Brad. Sportsnet is an NHL media partner. Two words, Brad: grow up.
  • Brent Burns isn’t just an offensive stud. His hip check on Mikko Rantanen left the Avs’ star with a charley horse and one good leg. It’s like getting Kronwalled, except getting Burnsed is way better.

  • You can’t win if J.T. Compher and Tyson Jost are your best guys. The big guys need to be a lot better.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky was excellent this series. The Blue Jackets’ top players disappeared in the last three games. This won’t hurt Bob’s next contract, but someone will use it in negotiations with Artemi Panarin. Jarmo Kekäläinen definitely should if anyone starts whining when he doesn’t re-sign the Bread Man.
  • Tuukka Rask had his wobbly moments this season, but they’re all behind him now. Great goaltending will carry you a long way in the postseason.
  • Nathan MacKinnon is a great player. But he’s really gotta stop driving the BMW. That’s BMW — bitching, moaning and whining. And yes, you can use that.
  • Charlie McAvoy will be suspended for one game. You can’t target a guy’s head without consequence.