Is Brad Marchand staring down another suspension?
A late-game meltdown between Penguins netminder Tristan Jarry and Bruins winger Brad Marchand may leave the Boston superstar staring down his second suspension in just over two months.
With a B’s loss unofficially official following an empty-net goal with over a minute remaining in the third period, the Bruins were buzzing in the attacking zone when Marchand delivered a shot to the head of Jarry after a whistle with 24 seconds remaining in the game. The punch came moments after Jarry said something that clearly set Marchand over the edge, and following a heavy-looking swipe from Jarry at Bruins center Charlie Coyle as Coyle drove by his crease.
Brad Marchand delivers a punch to Tristan Jarry and then gets him with his stick.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 9, 2022
The punch wasn’t enough for Marchand, who then came back around and clipped Jarry up high with his stick despite linesman Andrew Smith’s best efforts to keep No. 63 away from the Pittsburgh crease.
It wasn’t the kind of finish the Bruins, who lost Patrice Bergeron to injury earlier in the period, needed or wanted.
“That happened quick,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the loss. “You know, honestly, lack of discipline on Brad’s part in that situation. I just watched the replay at the end, it looks like some words were exchanged.”
It wasn’t the first time that the two exchanged pleasantries in the night, as Marchand basically (and harmlessly) trolled Jarry and denied the Penguin goaltender when Jarry tried to deliver a puck into the stands during a stoppage.
Brad Marchand didn't let Tristan Jarry give a puck to a Pens fan in Boston 😂 pic.twitter.com/9U2VlSACqS— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 9, 2022
The second-period run-in beyond that incident, too, according to the Boston locker room.
“I don’t know if there was an incident at the end of the second period that precipitated that. I was in the room, so I don’t know, [but] someone said that,” Cassidy noted. “Still, you gotta have better discipline at the end of the day. Brad’s a leader on our team. He needs to control his emotions in that situation.”
Jarry, for what it’s worth, didn’t seem to sweat the exchanges with Marchand.
“I think it was the heat of the moment,” Jarry, who made 43 saves in the win, said.”Everyone is battling out there and he was just trying to get the puck to the net and our team did a great job.”
But now comes seeing if the NHL Department of Player Safety feels the same way. As mentioned, Marchand was last suspended in November for slew-footing the Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and has been hit with a suspension seven times (for a total of 22 games) in his career, along with five fines and nearly a million dollars in forfeited salary.