Boston Bruins

Mar 10, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Pittsburgh won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Bruins winger Brad Marchand will escape his Game 3 incident with the Blue Jackets’ Scott Harrington unscathed — both in playing time and his wallet — as the agitator will not face supplemental discipline, according to multiple reports.

An obviously unnecessary play on the part of Marchand, the fact is that No. 63’s punch to the back of Harrington’s head was not as much devastating as it was annoying. That creates a massive grey area for the NHL’s disciplinarians, as they’ve rarely (if ever) doled out suspensions for childish, rat-like behavior (see: Marchand licking everybody in sight last postseason).

Clearly, in the eyes of the NHL (and much to the dismay of social media disciplinarians), it was never considered a legitimate target to Harrington’s head, and was simply a heat of the battle postseason moment involving the league’s ultimate nuisance.

Something Harrington himself told reporters on Wednesday.

Marchand backed up Harrington’s ‘hockey play’ comment, and pointed out that Jake DeBrusk was in the midst of getting mugged by two Blue Jackets when he rabbit-punched the back of Harrington’s helmet.

The Bruins are not going to let Marchand off the hook entirely, though, as they’re expected to handle the situation ‘internally’ and with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy stressing the need for Marchand to be on the ice for the Black and Gold.

After all, Marchand has already taken two selfish penalties in this series alone, and with each penalty coming back to burn the B’s by way of power-play goals against, including the game-winning goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Nationwide Arena.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.