The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Monday that Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been fined the maximum of $5,000 for cross-checking Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald during the game on Sunday.
With 53 seconds left in the second period, MacDonald appeared to get away with a cross-check of his own as he shoved Marchand into the boards. But Marchand took it a step further by retaliating after MacDonald fell to the ice, driving his stick into MacDonald’s face and/or chin area.
Marchand was assessed a cross-checking minor on the play.
The winger was also fined $2,000 earlier this season for diving/embellishment against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Most notably, Marchand earned a five-game suspension for throwing an elbow to the back of the head of the Devils’ Marcus Johansson, who just recently returned after lingering concussion symptoms.
He fortunately avoids a suspension this time, but the league certainly took notice of the dangerous nature of his cross-check on MacDonald.