By MyFM's Jake Archer - Boston Bruins star forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for the final two games of the regular season for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning defensemen Jake Dotchin in the groin on Tuesday night. Even though the B’s have already clinched a playoff spot this suspension looms large because Marchand is arguably the Bruins best player and the team needs to continue to perform and put themselves in position for a good seed in the postseason.
The Bruins could have used Marchand last night as they lost to the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. When the NHL Department of Player Safety announced the suspension, they spoke about how it was unprecedented. No player has ever been suspended for this type of play and stick infractions are usually handled with penalties on the ice but this situation was different.
"What causes this play to rise to the level of supplemental discipline is the intent, the force used and Marchand's substantial history of attacking the lower body of unsuspecting opponents," the department said. "This is not accidental or inadvertent contact."
Marchand has been suspended four times for 12 games and fined three times prior to this incident. He’s got a reputation around hockey as a dirty player and this will not do anything to help fix that. Hopefully he can realize that this type of play hurts his team and smarten up a bit.