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Marchand Suspended Two Games

via Boston Bruins tweet,

Marchand has been suspended for 2 games.

If you missed the hit on Umberger by Marchand, watch it here.

added 1:21pm,

TORONTO (March 17, 2011) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,330.64 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head area of Columbus Blue Jackets player R.J. Umberger in NHL game #1044 Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Marchand’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 11:40 of the second period when Marchand approached Umberger from behind and struck him in the neck and side of the head with his elbow.  No penalty was assessed on the play


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Oh my God.

Last night Nick Kypreos’ only problem with the hit was that it was from behind. Doug McLean was worried that he didn’t have the puck. At the time I thought “Umm, maybe this “suspension” won’t really be a suspension,” and my feeling was correct.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/17/11 at 01:57 PM ET


Oh yeah, Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins, Bettman, Campbell, NHL.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/17/11 at 01:59 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Flying forearm shiver to an unsuspecting victim.  If Umberger had lay on the ice for a few minutes, left the game, missed the next one… it’s a 5 game suspension.  Here’s the problem.  NHL penalizes the result, not the action.  The action of throwing your elbow at the back of someone’s head is worthy of 5 games.  This is where the NHL is wrong.

Posted by wolverine on 03/17/11 at 02:14 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Nathan, Kypreos should know better, he suffered some pretty bad concussions in his career.  The other dolt is a waste of a chair.  Who cares what he thinks.

Posted by wolverine on 03/17/11 at 02:17 PM ET


Obviously a little chicken wing elbow (resulting in a flopping fish-out-of-water dive by a barely-grazed Steve Ott) is the equivalent of something this dangerous and reckless.

Funny—and Joe Thornton said this *last* week:

  “It’s just something with Boston,” Thornton said. “It just seems like they have a horseshoe. We’ve seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head [of Maxim Lapierre] earlier, and there’s no disciplinary thing.

  “It’s just something about Boston and the disciplinary [process] is on their side. I’m not sure why that is. I’m not assuming that Colin’s kid is on the team and that’s why, but it’s really bizarre.”

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 03/17/11 at 02:18 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

To low, by about 10.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 02:29 PM ET


Posted by wolverine on 03/17/11 at 01:17 PM ET

I think they’re both absolute dolts, but I’ve found that they think along the same lines as the NHL regarding these types of matters.

It’s really astonishing this ruling, during this week, on that night. $6000, he’s really going to be in trouble. A nice bit of rest before the playoffs.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/17/11 at 03:00 PM ET


I’d like to know how the Gillies hit on Clutterbuck was 5X worse than this hit even if he is a “repeat” offender. Gillies got about the right amount, but if he should put the teddy bear on his uni his suspension looks like it would be cut in half. I’m sure this was all about intent, because a flying elbow to the back of the head is intended as a “hockey” play.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/17/11 at 03:36 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Ridiculously short.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/17/11 at 03:43 PM ET


Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/17/11 at 02:36 PM ET

The second Gillies ‘hit’ was during his first game back from a nine game suspension for doing the same thing, with all eyes on the NHL, watching to see if they were watching Gillies.

Gillies’ hit was so much closer to a “hockey play” than Marchand’s.

I’m just flabbergasted. By the low suspension at this point in time, but especially by people’s reactions to it (a lot of people saying “good suspension”). I know Puck Daddy has a high commentorship and incredibly low sensibleship, but they are overwhelmingly either “Good job,” or “Suspended for that?”

Posted by NathanBC on 03/17/11 at 03:48 PM ET


I know all of the circumstances of the Gillies hit, but the NHL does a great job on suspending on reputation and that is not a deterrent. I guess since Gillies suspension amounts to 10-minutes of ice time missed it is less harsh in terms of ice time than Marchand’s.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/17/11 at 04:29 PM ET

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