Don Cherry had some words of warning for the Bruins after the first period of Tuesday night’s Game 3 in Carolina. He saw Brad Marchand suckering Hurricanes captain Justin Williams into taking a stupid penalty in Game 2, and then mocking Williams with a hand “C” gesture and directions to the penalty box after duping the esteemed playoff veteran.
It led to a Bruins power-play goal in a blowout win in Game 2 in Boston, and the Hockey Night in Canada analyst thought Williams was going to make the Bruins pay in Game 3 at PNC Arena after watching the scoreless first period dominated by the Hurricanes.
“Never, ever, ever upset a guy like [Justin] Williams. He was fast asleep. I’ve watched him for 18 years. I’ve never seen him like this before. He’s got that team pumped up right now,” said Cherry. “It’s because of him. He’s the captain. Think if you ever did that to Steve Yzerman or Wayne Gretzky. There would be riots. He is ready. I’m telling you in that dressing room, he’s got them wired. I still say that the Bruins are going to win, but it’s going to be a lot harder because you did a stupid think like that with Williams.”
Well, not so much.
Instead of getting the Hurricanes pumped for a necessary win in the series, Williams took three penalties in the first period and took to Marchand-like activity, punching David Backes in the head while on top of him in the scrum by the Carolina net. It seemed like Williams had a thirst for vengeance with Torey Krug rather than Marchand after both players got matching penalties for throwing punches to the head, holding Krug’s stick and then throwing an elbow aimed at Krug’s head in the closing minutes of the first period.