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Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec returns dig from Brad Marchand of Bruins

Bruins mega-pest Brad Marchand ignited a spicy little verbal salvo with his nemesis from Montreal, Tomas Plekanec. Photo:

Bruins mega-pest Brad Marchand ignited a spicy little verbal salvo with his nemesis from Montreal, Tomas Plekanec.

And the war of words has been joined.

On Tuesday, Boston's Brad Marchand was on stage at a charity dinner in Halifax, Nova Scotia when he was asked which opponent irritated him the most.

"There are a few guys," he said. "I'd have to say, at the top of my list right now ... Tomas Plekanec from Montreal. I hate him. Oh, I can't stand him. But I probably shouldn't say that. I dislike him very much."

Plekanec, whose Habs got the best of Marchand's Bruins in a spirited seven-game playoff series last spring, took the dig in stride.

"I enjoyed his comment about me," the Canadiens center told Czech journalist Zdenek Matejovsky "It comes from a person that actually almost everybody in the NHL hates!"

Plekanec and Marchand will get a chance to exchange pleasantries in-person on Oct. 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre. Think that one might be worth watching?

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