A couple of things that occurred this weekend that were missed in yesterday’s MFA: The Seventh Player Award and a Brad Marchand incident.
The Seventh Player Award is voted on by fans and is supposed to be awarded to the Bruins player who has played beyond expectations. It’s not supposed to be a popularity contest but it often is. This year’s recipient is Charlie McAvoy. I’m not knocking Charlie McAvoy when I say we expected this particular cub to be a star, to shine brightly on that defense as he mentored with captain Zdeno Chara. Charlie has had some adversity this year first with his heart ablation procedure in January and with his current MCL sprain, from which he is expected to return tonight in Tampa. But he has played up to expectations. Riley Nash should have won. Nash has had a career year with 15 goals and 26 assists. Before this season his career best in both was with Carolina in 2013-14. Not only that, he found his home centering the third line with Danton Heinen and David Backes flanking him, creating one hot line at times this season. Most importantly though, he stepped up to the top line while Patrice Bergeron was recovering from a foot injury for four weeks. Riley Nash is the Seventh Player but not according to the fans.
On Sunday, Brad Marchand got pulled down by the Flyers’ Andrew MacDonald and proceeded to cross-check MacDonald in the head. Marchand was penalized in-game. Upon review of the incident, the NHL Department of Player Safety determined that Marchy should be fined rather than suspended.
Boston’s Brad Marchand fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for cross-checking Philadelphia’s Andrew MacDonald.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 2, 2018
Honestly, the cross-check was so forgettable that I had no idea Brad would even get supplemental discipline. Ah well, at least he didn’t get a bunch of games off.
Monday afternoon, this piece of news came out: Colby Cave was recalled from Providence. Ty Anderson has a possible reason why.
Zero third period shifts for Tommy Wingels, so possible he's banged up. https://t.co/r3kpvHyqMg
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) April 2, 2018