Brad Marchand draws controversial penalty on Justin Williams, mocks Hurricanes captain


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Brad Marchand is, well, a divisive figure in the hockey world.  

On the one hand, the Boston Bruins forward is a dynamic scorer who recorded 100 points in the regular season and currently leads his team in postseason scoring. 

On the other, he’s a notorious pest who frequently straddles the line of fair play and gets under the skin of opponents. His tactics usually work in the Bruins’ favor.

They certainly did Sunday in the team’s 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

During the second period, Marchand appeared to hook down Hurricanes captain Justin Williams. The 37-year-old, three-time Stanley Cup winner was not having it, grabbing Marchand’s face and confronting the forward. He even unbuckled Marchand’s helmet during the exchange. 

Marchand wisely didn’t fight back, and Williams was assessed the only penalty on the play — two minutes for holding. 

The longtime Bruins forward made sure Williams knew he was getting a ticket to the penalty box by pointing the…

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