By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
With the Islanders down a goal and having landed measly two shots on goal in the first period of Tuesday’s beatdown at the hands of the Bruins, Matt Martin came calling in search of a fight.
He found an opponent — though suggesting they were on equal footing in this scrap may be kind, even if you give Martin some extra points for his courage alone — in Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
…That was a mistake.
In what was a considerably one-sided beatdown, the 42-year-old Chara simply thrived given his reach advantage, as the 6-foot-3 Martin visibly struggled to get any sort of edge on Chara, even from a straight-up positioning standpoint.
Simply watching Martin, an accomplished fighter with size (his battles with Adam McQuaid have always been must-watch tilts), struggle to even get a shot or two in upstairs on Chara spoke to just how difficult it is to fight the 6-foot-9 Boston captain.
It’s basically like trying to fight a tree.
At least that’s what I thought until Bruins winger Brad Marchand corrected me: He’s just a big mean man.
Trees are nice.. hes just a big mean man https://t.co/HzsYvhfQku— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) March 20, 2019
Marchand’s tweet also opened the doors to the confirmation that Chara’s nickname, Thanos, which was first brought to light by Jake DeBrusk after Big Z tuned up the Sharks’ Evander Kane in a fight last month, is more than legit.
No word as to whether or not Martin has an Infinity Stone-sized mark on his forehead.