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07-15-2013, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
And they should go the way of the dodo. Indicative, imo, of a prevailing lack of professionalism in the league as a whole when guys like him are not only able to get a rise out of opponents with their dirtbaggery, but encouraged to go about it the way they do.
That's a pretty slippery slope. I've witnessed plenty of stars partake in the same antics that Marchand is known for, so where does one draw the line? It's a physical game and agitating is a large part of it. Would I like to see diving cracked down on? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean the rest of it needs to go. That shift where Marchand egged on Cooke and then jumped back into the play and scored was bloody brilliant. That's what hockey is about; the blend of skill and physicality.

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