Brad Marchand doesn't feel hit warrants suspension

DJ Bean
December 29, 2015 - 5:44 pm
Brad Marchand

will likely have to plead his case to the Department of Player Safety in order to play in the Winter Classic. He practiced Tuesday night with reporters. Marchand insisted after Tuesday'€™s game that what could be seen as a low-bridge hit on Mark Borowiecki was mere incidental contact as he was trying to turn up the ice from the defensive zone.

'€œIt was a simple play,'€ Marchand said. '€œI mean, I was trying to get to the puck area and turned up ice. He was kind of standing there. I just turned up and tried to go after the puck-carrier. Asked if he was worried about being suspended for Friday'€™s Winter Classic, Marchand responded, '€œI can'€™t control that.'€ He gave the same response when asked if he felt the hit warranted a look from the Department of Player Safety. Marchand was last suspended in January of last season for slew-footing Derick Brassard, a ban recent enough that Marchand will be considered a repeat offender if the league does indeed decide to suspend him. The player also has a history with low-bridging, as he committed such a hit on Sami Salo back in 2012.