Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand spoke about it in the locker room last night post game, and was never even concerned about it then.
After being handed down a first-time offenders’ suspension of two games for a blindside hit-to-the-head on Columbus Blue Jackets’ RJ Umberger last week, the 22-year-old Marchand will not face any such supplementary discipline by the NHL for his open-ice hit last night on Montreal Canadiens’ forward Scott Gomez — as tweeted by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca earlier today.
Here’s another look at the open-ice hit.
At 12:43 of a 6-0 third period last night at the TD Garden — where the B’s blew-out the Habs 7-0 — Marchand was sent to the sin bin, two-minutes for roughing Gomez.
The 5-foot-9 Marchand, who is now probably gaining more attention from NHL referees with his blow to Umberger last week, was never worried about a possible suspension for the high-hit on the slightly taller 5-foot-11 Gomez.
“No, not at all. It was a straight-on hit,” Marchand said last night. “He skated right into me. I didn’t even think it was a penalty, so there’s not much to be worried about.
“Obviously he even crouched down, so maybe if he leaned into me. But as far as I know, it’s a good hit.”
Marchand finished the contest with one assist, a plus-2 rating, and three shots on goal over 16:06 of total ice time.