Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand lit up the scoresheet once again with a goal and an assist against the Devils on Tuesday night. But unfortunately, he also may have gotten himself in trouble with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The NHL has called a hearing for a Marchand elbow to the head of forward Marcus Johansson that could hit the winger with supplemental discipline.

NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty tweeted soon after the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Devils that the league was reviewing the elbow. The Dept. of Player Safety confirmed this via Twitter on Wednesday morning, reporting that Marchand will have a hearing.

The officials did not penalize Marchand on the play. If his hearing is in person, that’s an indication that the violation is being considered more serious.

Should Marchand Be Suspended?

The incident took place with just 2 minutes remaining in regulation, as Marchand broke for the net and Johansson met him just outside the crease. Marchand shot the puck then tumbled to the ice, elbowing Johansson in the side of the head in the process.

Watch the play below and judge for yourself:

Considering Marchand’s history of behavior that earns him run-ins with Player Safety, there’s a good chance he’s disciplined for the elbow. The overhead angle in the above replay shows a hard whipping motion that looks much closer to intentional than incidental. Most other players may be able to explain the elbow away, since Marchand was tripping over Johansson’s leg. But a player with Marchand’s reputation won’t get the benefit of the doubt in this case.

Marchand told reporters that he’s not sure what he actually did.

“What happened? I don’t know; he got hurt. I don’t know what happened. I have no idea what happened,” said Marchand. “I took a shot and I tumbled down and he was hurt. So I don’t know what happened there, but hopefully he’s okay.”

Per CBA rules, the maximum fine for Marchand is $15,000 if he avoids a suspension. He got fined $10,000 less than a calendar year ago for a slew-foot on the Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall. So the max fine isn’t out of the question here.

As you may remember, Marchand also got suspended two games last April for spearing Tampa Bay’s Jake Dotchin. This particular play may not be suspension-worthy, since it happened as he fell to the ice. But it’d be a bit surprising if this Marchand elbow doesn’t result in some sort of fine. And it wouldn’t be surprising if he has to miss at least a game.

UPDATE: Bruce Cassidy said that Marchand told him he was trying to “protect himself” from contact. That pretty much confirms that Marchand’s elbow move was zero percent incidental. That will only make a suspension more likely.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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