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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a supplemental disciplinary hearing with the NHL via phone tomorrow, Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont has confirmed.

The hearing is believed to be related to Marchand’s elbow to the head of Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger last night. Umberger told the Columbus Dispatch he wasn’t happy about it.

continued and watch the hit…

Darren Dreger tweets Dany Heatley has a conference call today at 5:00pm EDT for an elbow incident last night.

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wolverine's avatar

Andy Brickley   ” That’s body contact..from behind a little bit…not much of a hit”  Did he ever play the game or is he just a shill for the Bruins.  This is what the NHL is trying to get rid of.  Didn’t realize Marchand was such a puss.  Elbow smash to the back of the head, even leaves his feet a little bit for the extra force.  When Clitsome pokes at him, Marchand mans up and pushes his face shield back into the guy.  Way to go, tough guy.  If the NHL has any gonads, after all that has happened of late, he should get 5 games.  Keep Brickley off Versus.

Posted by wolverine on 03/16/11 at 04:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh man, here we go….

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 03/16/11 at 04:54 PM ET


That one’s horrible. I can’t imagine there could be anyone who will even attempt to stick up for Marchand (of course there will be (the announcer)).

Posted by NathanBC on 03/16/11 at 04:57 PM ET


Watched this about 7 or 8 times now and with my best effort still cant find a way to defend ELBOW. This has to result in a suspension, no questions asked. The NHL needs not start that Bull about no past history and let him off because next time he does this they will say the same thing “Well no prior history” and its just reprehensible. Plain and simple that was intent to injure. I really hope something is done with the litany of illegal hits last night, here’s the League’s chance to DO THE RIGHT THING.

Posted by Hockey2219 on 03/16/11 at 05:03 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Hockey2219, you got it.  Who cares about history.  It’s THE topic in the NHL right now, players know it, so don’t even try to make yourself wider, let alone fly an elbow.  Saw some of the Sharks game last night, Heatley did the same thing (maybe Ericsson?).  Because I didn’t see the replay, can’t comment on how many games, but he certainly stuck his elbow out and will get suspended.

Posted by wolverine on 03/16/11 at 05:10 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Oh come on… Umberger put himself in that vulnerable position. He has the responsibility to protect himself from goons first, THEN worry about that whole puck thing. gOOD hOCKEY pLAY!

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/16/11 at 05:10 PM ET


“I really hope something is done with the litany of illegal hits last night”
Posted by Hockey2219 on 03/16/11 at 03:03 PM ET

They’ve got Heatley and Marchand on the phone, but not Murray for his elbow on (not Ericksson but the other guy). Oh, there was a boarding on Wallin thought too, right? I haven’t seen that one.

here’s the League’s chance to DO THE RIGHT THING.

Yes, but there have been so many of those perfect-timing chances in the past that they’ve ignored.

I think Heatley will get a game and Marchand 2-4. They both should get more than that, but I’m thinking Heatley gets off easy because he’s a goal-scoring veteran, and Marchand’s a rookie. Maybe they’ll make an example out of Marchand, which will take the heat of the Heatley ruling, and let Heatley go because it was against Steve Ott.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/16/11 at 05:12 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Nate, I think you’re right.  They’ll make an example of Marchand, and they should.  Bet he gets 5 games.  Can’t believe I’m saying this, but it shouldn’t matter that it was Ott Heatley was elbowing, especially if it was from behind.  Still haven’t seen a replay on this, but I bet he gets 2.

Posted by wolverine on 03/16/11 at 05:20 PM ET


They are going to need a lot more people than just Campbell and Murphy to review for disciplinary action the way players have declared open season on head shots and boarding. Last night alone had a good half dozen plays that need review if not outright suspensions. Now Murphy and Campbell will have to call GMs in both conferences to help them make their decisions (as per Murphy’s interview with Yahoo on the NHL discipline “process” ) , each GM knowing that if they condemn a player in another conference it will probably impact them in the future.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/16/11 at 05:21 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Hockey1919, good take.  I say create a panel that dolls out suspensions, don’t get the GM’s involved, and watch how the incidents decrease.  Let Collie look after the officials and any rule modifications.  3 former players make up the panel.

Posted by wolverine on 03/16/11 at 05:26 PM ET


MarkK - good one

NathanBC - Avery’s boarding penalty last night should also be looked at, but thats unilkely.

Posted by Hockey2219 on 03/16/11 at 05:29 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Anything less than 10 games is unforgivable.  He should also be warned that the next slightest intent to injure means 20 games.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 03/16/11 at 05:43 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Blindside-headshot AND an elbow. Well done.

Dozen games.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/16/11 at 05:49 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

This is all Umberger’s fault.  When somebody approaches you to do the super-secret elbow-high manly, manly, awesome high five, you’re supposed to be facing him so you can see it coming.

What are they teaching the players in Columbus these days?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/16/11 at 05:50 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Looked to me like he (Marchand) was only trying to use his elbow as a Q-Tip to get an unsightly “ear booger” out of R.J.‘s aural canal.

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 03/16/11 at 07:35 PM ET

BetterThanYou's avatar

Will they look at Umberger’s hit on Doughty as well?

Posted by BetterThanYou on 03/16/11 at 08:00 PM ET

awould's avatar

That was possibly the most obvious intentional elbow I’ve ever seen.

Posted by awould on 03/16/11 at 09:28 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

NESN, The hypocracy from that network is Fox News-esque
Brickley: “good non-call”.
If that was one of his boys you know NESN would be showing it over and over in super-slowmotion with a tight screen shot of the elbow/head contact. While Andy Dickley & Jerk Edwards would be looking for the death penalty.
BTW, Not only was it a dirty hit, Marchand looked very sneaky about it too.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 03/17/11 at 10:29 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Oh no! I agree with Linda. How does this happen? But what she said, exactly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/17/11 at 10:46 AM ET

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