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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 28: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL Department of Player Safety renewed their friendship with Bruins winger Brad Marchand on Friday night.

On the heels a heated skirmish with the Kraken’s Oliver Bjorkstrand in the third period of Thursday’s 6-5 win in Seattle, Marchand has been hit with a $5,000 fine for what the league’s disciplinary department has called a “dangerous trip.”

  • The “dangerous trip” designation is often what the NHL says instead of terms such as “slew foot.”

    This is Marchand’s fourth slew footing/dangerous trip incident throughout his career, and first since a slew foot on the Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson back in Nov. 2021.

    That incident earned Marchand a three-game suspension, while Marchand was tagged with a $10,000 fine in 2017 for a dangerous trip on the Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall and a $2,500 fine in 2011 for slew footing Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen.

  • This is Marchand’s first violation of the 2022-23 season, and his first time getting dinged by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety since his $5,000 fine for slashing Carolina goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov in last year’s first-round series between the Bruins and Hurricanes.

    Marchand, who finished Thursday’s win with a goal and an assist in addition to his late-game dust-up with Bjorkstrand, has 18 goals and 51 points through 49 games this season.

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