March 25th, 2011 by

As expected, no discipline for Marchand’s hit on Habs’ Gomez

(Ikeastan photo) Marchand is in the clear after last night's big hit on Scott Gomez

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.

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