Brad Marchand was suspended for five games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his elbowing of New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson. Johansson is reportedly suffering symptoms of concussion after having spent the month of November recovering from one.
He will not be suspended for the All Star Game.
Oh boy… Brad Marchand (accidentally, they say) elbows Marcus Johansson in the face, MoJo straight to the locker room…
Does NOT look good on replay. pic.twitter.com/VCcIgcQjZ2
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) January 24, 2018
While it may have been intentional or not, that doesn’t have to play into how the NHLDOPS doles out punishment. Brad having a reputation and his continued unsportsmanlike behavior do play into it.
The league has announced that #Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for 5 games.
Since March 2011, Marchand he has now been suspended a total of 6 times resulting in 19 games missed, and has lost a total of $872,535 in fines & forfeited salary.
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 25, 2018
So what gives, Brad? Is this nastiness just the flip side of your brilliant play? Do you just build up so much tension being a good guy that you engage in this self-sabotage? Why does it seem to happen before nationally televised games or other important games. (Note: the ASG is not important, but it is the national stage) Did you hope to get out of it?
I just feel like his pest side is the edge in his game – sometimes he toes the line too closely and falls over. I this case, he may have been trying to rid himself of Johansson, who was going to knock him into the goalie. It sort of looks like he’s going to get laid out. That doesn’t excuse the elbow, though, and he should sit for some games for being that forceful with it.
(Another note: NHL.com is so bad I couldn’t see the player safety video because it wouldn’t load the 5 times I tried, so I’m not really sure what the case is against Brad.)
In the meantime, Anders Bjork was a late scratch for the P-Bruins game is likely on his way up to Ottawa.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 25, 2018
I only hope that Brad’s absence doesn’t cost the Bruins points.