Pat Maroon Refrains from Fighting in Bruins-Panthers Playoff Series

Boston Bruins forward Pat Maroon, known for his physicality, refrains from fighting in Game 4 of the Bruins-Panthers playoff series, citing the risk of penalty and suspension, and instead focuses on helping his team come back from a 3-1 deficit in the series. The context is a heated playoff series marked by controversy and physical play, with Maroon emphasizing the need for the Bruins to get back to basics and play their style of hockey to turn the series around.

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Pat Maroon Refrains from Fighting in Bruins-Panthers Playoff Series

Pat Maroon Refrains from Fighting in Bruins-Panthers Playoff Series

Boston Bruins forward Pat Maroon, known for his willingness to fight, surprisingly did not engage in a physical altercation in Game 4 of the Bruins-Panthers playoff series on Sunday night. Maroon, who was criticized on social media and by the media for not fighting Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett, addressed the situation in a post-game interview on Monday.

Maroon explained his decision, stating, "I'm sure everyone's wondering why I haven't done anything. I'll sit here and say it's not like I haven't tried or that I don't want to do anything. I love my captain. I love the guys." The 6-foot-3, 234-pound winger and three-time Stanley Cup champion emphasized that he did try to inflict pain on Bennett and other Panthers players but chose not to fight due to the risk of penalty and suspension.

Maroon expressed frustration with the media narrative surrounding his decision, saying, "It's frustrating that you guys are trying to do a narrative right now for f*****g nothing, to be honest. We gotta win a f*****g hockey game." He reiterated his priority to help the Bruins win the series, rather than engaging in fights that could result in penalties and suspensions.

The Bruins are currently trailing the Panthers 3-1 in the series, with Game 5 set to take place on Tuesday night in Sunrise, Florida. Controversy has surrounded the series, particularly regarding Sam Bennett's hit on Brad Marchand in Game 3, which left Marchand with a suspected concussion. Despite the tension and physical play between the two teams, Maroon has refrained from fighting, focusing instead on helping his team come back in the series.

As the Bruins face elimination, Maroon emphasized the need for the team to get back to basics and play their style of hockey. "Bruins hockey is simple... I think we need to put more stress on them in the D zone. We haven't done a good enough job of that," he said. With Game 5 looming, the Bruins will need to find a way to turn the series around and extend their playoff run.

Key Takeaways

  • Pat Maroon didn't fight in Game 4, despite criticism, due to risk of penalty/suspension.
  • Maroon prioritizes helping Bruins win over engaging in fights.
  • Bruins trail Panthers 3-1 in series, with Game 5 on Tuesday.
  • Maroon emphasizes need for Bruins to get back to basics and play their style.
  • Maroon frustrated with media narrative surrounding his decision not to fight.