“I’m going to clear it up for everyone who’s listening,” Marchand said. “It was actually a really sneaky play by Thorty. Weise was trying to fight McQuaid, who was standing behind Thornton on the point. McQuaid was going to fight him. So, Weise was yelling and saying, ‘Yeah, let’s go, let’s go.’
“Thorty just figured that at that point he’d drop his gloves and surprise Weise. And the ref just kind of heard Weise yelling ‘Let’s go’ and thought he was talking to Thorty and conning him into a penalty. Thorty kind of surprised him when Thorty dropped his gloves. Weise had no idea Thorty was going to do that.”
Since he revealed this on a radio show from Boston, where he has a weekly appearance, he might just have felt comfortable and shared a story in a friendly invironment (aka knowing the broadcaster, and knowing that he is not going to get ripped for anything).
That entire interview is actually pretty interesting to listen to.
And mad props to Weise for challenging McQuaid. Taking that guy off the ice for five minutes would have been great. The price Weise was willing to pay for that - just wow. If that's not a huge addiction to the team toughness department, I don't know what is.
meh, I wouldn't put stock into what Marchand claims to be the truth - even if it's something we'd like the hear.
I believe it, though, because even in Thornton's interview after the game he said he wasn't sure that Weise's challenge had been directed at him. I remember hearing him say this and thinking, huh, maybe Weise isn't the dirty, conniving, chicken-snake of a man that he's being made out to be.