Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki learned a few very valuable lessons against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. The first was to always be aware of where Brad Marchand is and secondly, don't ever, for any reason, make 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara particularly angry.
After getting flipped by a questionable hit from Marchand in the first period, Borowiecki drew the ire of Chara in a second-period scuffle. After some shoving, Borowiecki's hands and stick got a little higher, Chara threw a little warning jab. Borowiecki didn't back down and that forced Chara to drop his gloves. Instead of throwing punches, though, Chara grabbed the Senators defenseman by the jersey collar and took him for a ride.
Chara brought Borowiecki to the ice without throwing a single punch. It's actually kind of brilliant on the Bruins captain's part because he's not the kind of player that can afford to sit for five minutes in a close game against a divisional opponent with a fighting major. Instead, both parties got a two-minute minor for roughing.
Meanwhile, Borowiecki escaped with his life and another important lesson. It seemed like he figured it all out in the penalty box.
Now he knows and as the G.I. Joes always used to say, "knowing is half the battle."