TORONTO -- With the Boston Bruins holding a 4-2 lead during the third period of Game 3 Monday at Air Canada Centre, Bruins bratty forward Brad Marchand and Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel locked up in the neutral zone.
Marchand dropped one of his gloves as though he was ready to fight, but the linesmen separated the two and the referee gave them both an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 9:58 of the third period.
"We kind of came together there and I wasn't really sure what was going on," Marchand said. "He was shoving and he told me before he'd go with me anytime, so I wasn't sure what was going to happen so I wanted to be prepared."
It was a good trade-off for the Bruins, with Toronto's top playmaker in the box for two minutes.
"He's a pretty focused guy and it's tough to get him off his game," Marchand said. "He's a threat every shift out there and he's got a couple of goals so we have to crack down on him."
While they were in the penalty box, both were chirping at each other. When asked what was said, Marchand answered: "We were just talking about how the offseason was and stuff like that," he said with a smile.