There are few that can escape the buzzsaw that is Brad Marchand’s barrage of chirps and digs — which are doled out regularly to both opponents on the ice and teammates in the Bruins’ locker room.
The loquacious winger can get pretty creative when it comes to landing a few verbal barbs, but he doesn’t have to dig pretty deep for material on Tuesday night — with linemate Patrice Bergeron set to play in his 1,000th career game.
So, what kind of geriatric-themed jokes does Marchand have ready to fire away at his longtime pivot?
“You don’t s--- where you eat, right,” Marchand said with a grin Tuesday. “I would never do something like that. Can’t do that.”
While originally serving as a bottom-six pest up in the NHL ranks, Marchand has usually found himself to the left of Bergeron throughout most of nine full seasons in Boston.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Bruins have rolled out five lines that have logged at least 1,000 minutes of 5v5 time together. Of those five trios, three have featured Bergeron entrenched at center, along with Marchand on the wing: (Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak - 1,491 minutes, Marchand-Bergeron-Smith - 1,199 minutes and Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin - 1,064 minutes).
In total, since Marchand stayed up in the NHL for good in 2010, No. 63 and No. 37 have played over 5,700 minutes of 5v5 time on ice together — with both skaters combining for 451 goals, 1,013 points and one Stanley Cup championship since sharing the same locker room.
At first glance, it seems like an odd fit — a boisterous trash talker like Marchand becoming inseparable with a player that tends to let his play do the talking in Bergeron.
“He’s obviously a guy that lights up the mood and does the talking,” Bergeron said of Marchand. “I don’t have to do too much of that, so it’s actually great for that. … I don’t know, sometimes they say that opposites attract, and that’s what he is.”
Whatever that equilibrium is between Bergeron’s reserved intensity and Marchand’s outgoing capers — the duo have certainly found it, creating a camaraderie both on and off the ice that has been a mainstay of the Bruins’ latest resurgence of the past decade.