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Updated: Brad Marchand Hits John Tavares Up High, Discipline Coming?

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Will we see supplemental discipline for Marchand’s latest misstep?

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Early in the third period, with the Boston Bruins leading 1-0. Brad Marchand was assessed a major penalty (Interference) for his high hit on superstar John Tavares. As the video below shows, it followed a hit on David Pastrnak that seemed fairly innocuous.

Given Marchand’s history of stepping over the line, as well as his status as a true repeat offender under Department of Player Safety rules, we may see supplemental discipline forthcoming for the Bruins 2nd leading scorer.

Marchand has already missed 8 games this season due to injuries. He was most recently suspended two games for spearing Tampa Bay’s Jake Dotchin last year.

Marchand has been suspended 5 times and fined 3 times already in his career. As a result he won’t receive any leniency from the Department of Player Safety at this point in his career.

Suspensions:

2 suspension for elbowing R. J. Umberger in 2011

5 games for low-bridge hit on Sami Salo in 2012

2 games for slew-footing Derick Brassard in 2015

3 games for clipping Mark Borowiecki in 2015

2 games for spearing Jake Dotchin in 2016

Fines:

2011-12: $2,500 for slew-footing Matt Niskanen

2015-16: $5,000 for roughing Gabriel Landeskog

2016-17: $10,000 for tripping Niklas Kronwall

Poll

What are your thoughts on the hit?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Bad hit - Deserves major, nothing more
    (315 votes)
  • 18%
    Bad hit - Worth a fine
    (192 votes)
  • 34%
    Bad hit - Worth a game
    (354 votes)
  • 17%
    Okay with the hit
    (178 votes)
1039 votes total Vote Now

What are your thoughts? Will he face further discipline?

UPDATED:

Per Arthur Staple of Newsday, who covers the Islanders, Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not face any discipline. For most, myself included, this was a surprising choice given lateness of hit, Marchand’s reputation and repeat offender status, as well as the player he hits status as a face of the NHL.