BEHOLD THE ENORMOUS MANATEE!
The Boston Bruins are in Chicago for the second game of a home-and-home pairing.
The last game saw more points to David Krejci, with him continuing the roll he has been on. This has been critical given Bergeron’s injury. Tuukka started in net with Khudobin taking over today in Chicago.
Brad Marchand got in trouble again. Marchand and Chicago wing Anthony Duclair were into the Bruins defensive zone wit some speed, when the puck was cleared and both players quickly arced around to reverse direction, careening directly into each other. Marchand jumped up and to the outside, catching Duclair via the helmet. Duclair falls over backwards toe-picking on the way down, and injuring his leg.
For reference, here’s the Marchand-Duclair incident at real speed pic.twitter.com/AhbSDUFAgk
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 10, 2018
Marchand received a double-minor penalty for interference.
Duclair missed the rest of the game and is expected to miss 1 – 2 weeks.
Now an unbiased observer veiwing this at game speed would assume it was an accidental collision, but Brad Marchand is involved, so cue the rabble rousers and conspiracy theorists.
Note how NBC starts the ball rolling by turning a ‘collision’ into a “high hit”.
Anthony Duclair injured after high hit from Brad Marchand (video) https://t.co/LGm2vjWUoP
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 10, 2018
In Chicago, it turned into a “clothesline”
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 11, 2018
The Department of Player Safety appears to have not found the incident worthy of supplemental discipline.
Let’s do some lines…
With Backes still on suspension and Bergy & McAvoy still injured, we can expect some more of the new guys today
|Anton Khudobin||(Tuukka Rask)|
The Blackhawks will obviously not have Anthony Duclair today:
Brandon Saad — Jonathan Toews — Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat– Nick Schmaltz — John Hayden
Tomas Jurco — Artem Anisimov — Matthew Highmore
Patrick Sharp — David Kampf — Vince Hinostroza
Duncan Keith — Connor Murphy
Erik Gustafsson — Brent Seabrook
Jordan Oesterle — Jan Rutta