Dec 5, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) chase the puck while Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) lost his stick during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Marchand: I hate Tomas Plekanec (Video)

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The Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens haven’t been on good terms since, oh, forever. As two of the original six teams in the NHL, the organizations have always been home to one of the deepest blood feuds in the league. The latest players to get caught up in the fracas include one familiar to such frays and one entirely unexpected name.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand offered a candid answer when asked which player in the NHL he loathes the most. That player? Center Tomas Plekanec.

It’s interesting that Marchand chooses Plekanec of all people to hate on. There’s little enough evidence of an on-ice hatred save for this little bit.

You might think that Brad Marchand punching a guy in the head is a strong message of hatred, but Marchand has a long history of cheap shots against just about anyone he can find.

It’s almost hard to take it personally when he does it, which makes it even more perplexing that one of the most hated players in the league would so quickly and specifically point out a player who tallied a mere 38 penalty minutes all season.

Chalk it all up to just being a part of the rivalry. When you play the same team five or six times during the season, then turn around and play a seven-game series against that same team, stuff gets real.

In Marchand’s sake, it gets so real you can’t help but lay out an incendiary quip in the middle of the summer.

Expect both parties to have plenty to say when the teams hit the ice this fall.

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