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Landeskog suspended two games, Marchand fined $5k

Turns out the NHL did have an issue with the Colorado captain's check.


Right from the NHL:

The video from the NHL cites a number of reasons for the suspension, including:

  • Head is the principal point of contact
  • Body contact was OK, but the target was not
  • The hit was blindside, which makes avoiding the head the sole responsibility of the hitter
  • Marchand didn't change the position of his head
  • No launching or elbowing by Landeskog, but the "brunt of the impact" was made with Marchand's head

To refresh your memory, here's the $5,000 punch by Brad:

Thoughts? That's an expensive punch by Brad.