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Marchand Sits 6 Games For “Unacceptable” Actions Toward Jarry

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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was given a six-game suspension by the NHL’s player safety department for his actions against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry during Tuesday’s game, the league announced Wednesday night.

The news release and an accompanying video note that Marchand is guilty of two violations, which it calls roughing (a sucker punch to Jarry’s head) and high sticking (also delivered to Jarry’s head), and outlined that his actions came “well after the conclusion of play” and that Jarry did not initiate the incident.

The league deemed Marchand’s actions “unacceptable,” and said the length of the suspension was influenced by the fact that he is a repeat offender. Once it was announced that Marchand was offered an in-person (via Zoom) hearing on the matter, it became possible that he would be benched for at least five games.

This all happened in the final minute of the Penguins’ 4-2 comeback win. Jarry and the Penguins, including coach Mike Sullivan, have declined to publicly criticize Marchand’s actions, which landed him a match penalty and ejection from the game at the time. Sullivan continued to sidestep the issue after practice Wednesday, saying that the matter was in the league’s hands.

Penguins fans, it can safely be assumed, will have a more pointed reaction to the suspension.

Marchand, of course, is no stranger to supplemental discipline despite being a top-line caliber player. This is his eighth career suspension. He has also been fined five times.

Six games seems about what we might have expected, although some were calling for more. Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Here is the news release from the NHL:

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for six games, without pay, for roughing and high-sticking Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry during NHL Game No. 523 in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incidents occurred at 19:35 of the third period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for roughing as well as a match penalty.

Marchand is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $448,170.72. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

And here is the video released by the league offering play-by-play of the incident and a further explanation of the suspension.

 

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Jack McCrory
Jack McCrory
9 months ago

No surprise but I was hoping for 10.

Wasnt
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack McCrory

After listening to the Leagues explanation how did Rat boy NOT get a 10 game suspension??
Talk about frustration listen to Rupp on the NHL network. Rupp kisses Rat boys butt the whole time while explaining what happened then has the nerve to say sorry for piling on….what a joke

Jay95
Jay95
9 months ago
Reply to  Wasnt

I listened to Rupp the night of, or early Tuesday morning, and he seemed to be pretty critical of Marchand. Was it after the suspension that he switched it up?

Jay95
Jay95
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack McCrory

I was honestly thinking that it would be for 10 after SEVEN other suspensions including the one one in November for slew footing OEL. I actually like Marchand too… I felt the punch was fineable, but not a suspension. He caught him with it, but every hockey player catches something like that at one point. That stick to the face though? Any time a stick is intentionally poked, swung, or cross checked at a head it should be an immediate 5-10 games for first time violators. And, I’m talking even the type of poke that Marchand gave which wasn’t “violent”.… Read more »

Ted Vantroba
Ted Vantroba
9 months ago

Some guys just don’t get it,I’d find a better way to spend $450000🤪

Jay95
Jay95
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted Vantroba

Dude, he’s now been fined well in excess of a million in his career if I’m remembering correctly. Like, this take it up to around 1.4 mil I think. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
9 months ago

#GarbageLeague

Pete
Pete
9 months ago

Low class POS punk got what he deserved. Hopefully he will get more in the next pens game.
Suit up Caufield!!!

Tom Haley
Tom Haley
9 months ago

The match penalty was at the end of the game. No help to the Penguins. Suspended for 6 games, do the Pens play Boston in the next 6 games? Just asking?

Wasnt
9 months ago
Reply to  Tom Haley

No

Dave Heyl
Dave Heyl
9 months ago

Without a physical presence this is a preview, however not to this extent, of what to expect in the playoffs. The league has evolved since 2017 & Coach Sullivan has not. Playing THE RIGHT WAY during the regular season vs playoffs are two different worlds!!! Brian Burke where are you?

Tom Haley
Tom Haley
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Heyl

Why is it 2 different worlds?
Why are there different rules for regular season and playoffs?

Mike Yingling
Mike Yingling
9 months ago

So disappointed with the Pens. You NEVER allow a player to hit your goalie like that. Somebody should have pounded him senseless. That is the only thing he would understand. Feel shame, Pens!!

Matt
Matt
9 months ago
Reply to  Mike Yingling

It’s kind of difficult to grab the little rat and knock his block off when he is being escorted off the ice by a linesman. If the linesman gets injured during that the Penguin would have been suspended for the rest of the season. Now, next game, in April, open season on his rat a$$.

bbh
bbh
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt

but interestingly the little rat was being escorted off by the linesman when he hit Jarry in the face with his stick. Doing anything while the linesman is escorting you off the ice should be an automatic 10 game suspension. The linesman shouldn’t have to wrestle people to the ice like it’s 1974 to get control. Marchand clearly changed his course against the linesmans wishes. Anything that undermines the authority of the officials should not be tolerated by the NHL in any way.

bbh
bbh
9 months ago

i’ve often wondered, when a player is suspended without pay, what happens with their union dues? Is Marchand still responsible for dues on that 448k? or does the union just not get that money since Marchand did not get it?