Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/19/12 at 07:19 PM ET
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Brad Marchand is finally back after sitting out a five-game suspension, and he’s ready to provide an energetic lift to a team that’s lost two of their first three games on a suddenly challenging road trip.
“I’m excited to be back in the lineup and back in the game again,” said Marchand. “The game happens so quickly. But before the games you think about how you’re going to play and [suspensions] can creep into your mind a little bit.”
With the five-game decision fresh in Marchand’s mind, he’s also keeping a close eye on what’s happening around the rest of the league. The B’s agitator saw the Nick Foligno hit on Dion Phaneuf that earned the Ottawa forward a two-minute clipping penalty during Tuesday night’s “Battle of Ontario.” Foligno and Phaneuf dropped gloves shortly after the hit and there was no long-term injury on the play.
But the hit in and of itself was similar to Marchand’s low-bridge on Salo, and Marchand failed to see any significant differences between the two clipping incidents. It’s something he’s unfortunately become an expert on over the last few weeks.
“I saw it. It looked very similar to mine. We were on the same position on the ice. [Foligno] got him in the same area at the same time, and the puck was roughly in the same area,” said Marchand. “The only difference was that Phaneuf got up and he didn’t get injured. I’d be very surprised if the league doesn’t look at that very closely.”
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