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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games by the NHL Department Of Player Safety Wednesday night. The suspension will begin Thursday when the Bruins play in Ottawa in their final game before the all star break this weekend. Marchand was already selected to the Atlantic Division all star squad and will still be able to participate in the game and festivities in Tampa Bay this weekend.
Update (9 PM ET): The Bruins have recalled Anders Bjork from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis.
After elbowing Devils forward Marcus Johansson late in the third period of his team’s 3-2 win Tuesday night – in which he scored the game-winning goal – Marchand was given a telephone hearing Wednesday afternoon to determine what, if any supplemental discipline would be given for a play that wasn’t penalized on the ice. Under the collective bargaining agreement, a player can be suspended a max five games when given a phone hearing but more for an in person. Based on his act Tuesday and his lengthy history of supplemental discipline, that included five suspensions for 14 games already, the pesky Bruins winger was given the max Wednesday.
Here’s the video explanation given by the NHL Department Of Player Safety:
In addition to the divisional tilt with the Senators Thursday in Ottawa, Marchand will also miss the following games:
1/30 vs. Anaheim Ducks
2/1 vs. St. Louis Blues
2/3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
2/6 at Detroit Red Wings