Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry declined to condemn the actions of Boston Bruins bad boy Brad Marchand Tuesday night, but the NHL department of player safety will have its say.
Marchand has been offered an in-person hearing (these days that means via Zoom) after he received a match penalty late in the Penguins’ 4-2 win in Boston.
Boston’s Brad Marchand has been offered an in-person hearing via Zoom for Roughing/High-sticking Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry. Date and time TBD.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) February 9, 2022
Being offered an in-person hearing means Marchand could, but does not have to, receive a suspension of at least six games.
Initially, cameras caught Marchand disrupting Jarry’s attempt to flip a puck to a fan at the end of the second period, with Jarry appearing to have some words for the highly talented but disruptive Bruins player. Then, in the third period, Marchand was seen sucker punching Jarry in the head (the roughing reference from the safety department) and then swinging his stick high toward the goalie.
All the wires crossed in Marchand pic.twitter.com/lxSLyOU7ES
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) February 9, 2022
Although Jarry was not injured and the Penguins didn’t have anything too harsh to say about Marchand’s actions, he could be facing a significant suspension. He has seven career suspensions, most recently three games in late November for slew-footing Vancouver’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
As for the Penguins not going after Marchand in the moment, here is an interesting take from a former Penguins winger. Whether you agree or not, it’s based on his experience.
— Tyler Kennedy (@Kennedy4848) February 9, 2022
And interesting takes from another former Penguins player.
Food for thought: pic.twitter.com/lgdZpHjLt4
— Mike Rupp (@Rupper17) February 9, 2022
The Penguins are set to practice Wednesday in Boston before traveling to Ottawa for a game there Thursday.
As an aside, don’t you wonder what he could possibly say in these hearings at this point? Mea culpa? Trying to spark my team? Hard to figure out what might go on in that particular guy’s head.