Golden Knights Jonathan Marchessault calls out Devils “older” coach: “It was some BS”

Jonathan Marchessault Lindy Ruff
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 16: Alex Pietrangelo #7 of the Vegas Golden Knights fights with Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils during the third period at the Prudential Center on December 16, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Golden Knights defeated the Devils 5-3. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

William Karlsson and Nicolas Roy scored 33 seconds apart in the third period to lift the visiting Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in Newark, N.J.

However, it was the fireworks after the game that has everyone talking.

Marchessault called the move gutless

Towards the end of the contest, Devils coach Lindy Ruff lined up defenseman and enforcer Mason Geersten at forward to send a message for a clean hit by Zach Whitecloud on Jack Hughes.

Geersten immediately went after Knights’ defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and a melee ensued.

After the game, Jonathan Marchessault shared his thoughts on what transpired.

“I think it was some bullshit,” Marchessault said of the move. “He was probably mad that Jack Hughes got hit and nothing happened at that moment… I think it’s kind of gutless. You put a defenseman, a tough guy at forward when there’s 25 seconds left? That’s shitty, but that’s what older veteran coaches do sometimes.”

In the end, defenseman Dylan Coghlan scored a power-play goal and William Carrier and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Golden Knights, who have scored 33 goals during their last seven games (6-1-0). Reilly Smith had a pair of assists and Robin Lehner finished with 23 saves before exiting in the late stages for his role in a skirmish.

“We did just enough to win,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “We take the two points and move on. I liked our first period, hated our second, and we were opportunistic in the third.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this article

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