Morning Free Association: April 5

The Bruins punched their ticket to the post-season last night with a resounding 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay was skating only 17 players last night due to the birth of someone’s son (don’t care who, not my team).

This win won’t be remembered for that though. You see Brad Marchand was back to being a rat.

I wish I knew why Brad sabotages himself in this way. He’s having a brilliant season with his all-time high of 39 goals. With this win his team can make the payoffs for the first time in two seasons. And he takes himself out of the game and maybe for the rest of the regular season, which is just two games at this point.

Marchy escaped a suspension earlier in the season when he performed a ‘dangerous trip” on the Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall. He may not be as lucky this time. Although there are many forms of penalties that result from spearing, suspension and other supplemental discipline is not guaranteed nor predictable.

Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.

Double-minor Penalty – A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.

Major Penalty – A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent.

Match Penalty – A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.

Game Misconduct Penalty – Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.

Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for spearing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion.

Recent suspensions indicate that Brad could be suspended for multiple games (there are only two more in the regular season). Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games in February for spearing the Wild’s Jared Spurgeon’s head.

So, will he get more fines or an actual suspension? Will the in-game penalties be enough since Dotchin was able to return to the game?

Of course, there is a different way to look at this whole thing:

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