UPDATE: Brad Marchand has officially been suspended six games for the incident Tuesday night against the Penguins.
Brad Marchand is quite familiar with the process of dealing with NHL Player Safety. After his latest incident with the Penguins Tristan Jarry, he may be in his deepest trouble yet.
The Bruins were 24 seconds away from the final horn of a frustrating 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They blew a two-goal lead in the process, and lost despite out-shooting the Pens 45-25 in the game. And now they might have to be without Marchand for a while after his emotions got the best of him in the final minute.
Well after the whistle at the 24-second mark, Marchand sucker-punched Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry right across the head, which caused a scrum. As the official was taking him away for an easy penalty call, Marchand went for another shot with his stick toward Jarry’s helmet.
Marchand received a match penalty, which resulted in a comically long seven-minute power play for the Penguins, who again were up two with only 24 seconds left. The match penalty also means the incident was automatically subject to review by the league.
This isn't good from Marchand in the final minute of the game. Punch + stick swing on Jarry pic.twitter.com/yrq9Ek8o4i— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 9, 2022
It sounds like the league is not going to go easy on Marchand this time. The department of Player Safety tweeted Tuesday morning that Marchand will have an “in-person hearing via Zoom” to determine supplemental discipline for the punch and other actions against Jarry. (Side note: ‘in-person via Zoom’ is some real post-apocalyptic shit.)
The “in-person” part is important, though. That means the league has determined it will likely suspend Marchand for at least six games. If it’s five games or fewer, the hearing is usually over the phone.
Marchand has never been suspended for more than five games at once. He’s received two five-game suspensions in his career: when he gave Sami Salo a back body drop in 2012, and when he swung his elbow across the back of Marcus Johansson’s head in 2018.
He’s already been suspended three games in the 2021-22 season. He got whacked for three games for a slew-foot on Vancouver’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
There have been more vicious and violent acts than Marchand’s sucker-punch, even by Marchand himself. Jarry didn’t seem to think it was that big a deal. But that’s behavior that you simply can’t have, especially long after the whistle. Can’t have it. Marchand lost his mind, and he’s going to pay for it.
The Bruins have surged comfortably into the playoff picture, but they’ll have to hope Marchand’s expected lengthy absence won’t hurt their ability to potentially climb in the standings in the coming weeks.
And yes, we say “weeks.” If Marchand gets 6-8 games, you’re talking minimum two weeks without him. Pray the league shows mercy.
Highlights: Bruins fall to Penguins 4-2 at TD Garden
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