Brad Marchand suspended two games for hit on R.J. Umberger

DJ Bean
March 17, 2011 - 9:03 am

The Bruins announced Thursday that forward Brad Marchand has received a two-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Marchand will miss Thursday's game in Nashville, as well as Saturday's contest in Toronto. He will be eligible to return to the lineup when the B's host the Devils on Tuesday. Marchand was not penalized for the hit at the time, though an 11:30 a.m. phone hearing with the league determined that the hit, in which he caught an unsuspecting Umberger with an elbow in the second period, was suspendable. This is the first suspension of Marchand's career, and second Bruins' suspension of the season. Forward Daniel Paille was given four games for a blindside hit on Raymond Sawada in the Bruins' Feb. 3 game t the Stars.