Zach Sill suspended two games for boarding Adam McQuaid
Update 6:34 p.m. — Following his hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, Zach Sill learned his fate. The Capitals fourth liner earned a two-game suspension for boarding Adam McQuaid during the Bruins’ 3-2 loss on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
In the video below, the league determined that Sill was not within his rights to hit McQuaid from behind. No penalty was called on Sill for the incident.
“It is important to note that McQuaid isn’t eligible to be checked by Sill on this play,” the Player Safety department stated in the video.
“From the moment that the two begin pursuing the puck, Sill sees nothing but McQuaid’s numbers. While McQuaid does shift his body slightly before impact, this motion does not suddenly turn a legal hit into an illegal hit. And while we accept Sill’s position that anticipated McQuaid moving the puck up ice, the onus here is on Sill to ensure that he can deliver this hit in a legal fashion. If not, he must avoid this hit entirely, or, at the very least, minimize the force.”
Aside from missing practice in Wilmington on Wednesday, there’s still no word on McQuaid’s status going forward. The Bruins and Caps meet for their third and final meeting of the 2015-16 regular season on Saturday, March 5th at TD Garden.
Sill is eligible to return to the Capitals lineup on January 10th when Washington hosts the Ottawa Senators — one night after the B’s travel to Canada’s capital.
With the Bruins depth being tested, the last thing they needed is another one of their own going down to injury. That appears to be the case for Adam McQuaid after he departed Tuesday’s game with the Washington Capitals after being boarded by Zach Sill.
Several Bruins didn’t appreciate Sill’s hit on McQuaid as they voiced their opinions about it after their 3-2 loss to the league-leading Capitals on Tuesday night.
“Yeah, I thought it was a bad hit,” Patrice Bergeron told the press. “I mean, it was one of those where it happens fast, and you know from the way that I…from my angle I guess it was a bad hit, you know. There was no point, no need for it to hit him like that and definitely tough to see Adam [McQuaid] go down as hard as he did.”
Sill’s hit on McQuaid was not called by any of the officiating staff Tuesday night. The NHL Department of Player Safety, however, is reviewing the incident according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.
The NHL Department of Player Safety will be reviewing the Zach Sill hit from behind on Adam McQuaid from the second period
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) January 6, 2016
“Obviously for me, there should have been a call there but you know we’ll see how the league deems it,” head coach Claude Julien said during his postgame press conference. “It was definitely a hit from behind in my book, but we’ll let the other people take care of it as always.” After reviewing the hit, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced a short while ago that Sill will have a phone hearing with the league.
Washington’s Zach Sill will have a hearing today for boarding Boston’s Adam McQuaid. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 6, 2016
Aside from missing practice at Wilmington this morning, there has been no further update on McQuaid’s status going forward. The Bruins embark on a five-game road trip beginning on Friday in New Jersey.
We’ll have more updates on this ongoing development later today on Bruins Daily. Stay tuned!