Boston Bruins

Marchand suspended two games for ‘dangerous’ Brassard slew-foot


Boston forward Brad Marchand has been suspended two games for a slew-foot on Rangers center Derick Brassard, the NHL has announced.

“Marchand both kicks out Brassard’s skates and drives him backward to the ice with force,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “What makes this play even more dangerous is its proximity to the boards.

“By rendering his opponent defenseless in this way, at this point on the ice, Marchand risks not only an injury to Brassard from his crash to the ice, but also from a collision with the boards.”

Marchand wasn’t penalized on the play which occurred midway through Boston’s 3-0 win on Thursday. Brassard wasn’t injured, and didn’t leave the game.

Here’s the full video explanation:

It’s worth noting the league alluded to Marchand’s history as a repeat offender, including a previous fine for slew footing (against Matt Niskanen in 2011.)

With this ruling, Marchand will now miss Boston’s next two games — Saturday at home versus Columbus, Tuesday in Dallas — and forfeit $48,387.10 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

NHL confirms Marchand hearing for Brassard slew foot


Boston forward Brad Marchand will have a hearing this afternoon for his slew foot on Rangers center Derick Brassard from Thursday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

The incident in question:

Marchand wasn’t penalized on the play and Brassard stayed in the game but, afterward, the New York forward expressed displeasure over the jot.

“It’s just like you go to the corner with them and you go shoulder to shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back, and I felt like I had a slew foot there,” said Brassard, per CSNNE. “I don’t want to find any excuses about it. I don’t want to be crybaby or anything, but it could’ve been dangerous, and it could be a game changer.”

Marchand has a pretty lengthy rap sheet as a repeat offender — including a previous fine for slew footing (on Matt Niskanen in 2011) — so it’s very possible he could be in line for a suspension here.

Bruins blank Rangers to win fifth straight


Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 Thursday night.

With the win, the Bruins extend their win streak to a season-high five games.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson provided the offence for the Bruins while defenseman Torey Krug had two assists in the win.

Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the loss.

With the shutout loss the Rangers have been blanked in consecutive games for the first time under Alain Vigneault.

During the first intermission the Bruins announced rookie David Pastrnak would stick with the club and play in his 10th game Saturday burning the first year of his entry-level contract.

In the second period Bruins forward Brad Marchand slew footed Derick Brassard. There was no penalty on the play. However, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, the league will be reviewing the play.

The league could also look at the dangerous hit by Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider on Carl Soderberg.

Kreider received a boarding minor for the hit. Soderberg remained in the game.

Chris Kelly stepped in to fight Kreider and received two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.

The two teams meet again Feb. 4 in New York.

Report: Marchand slew foot to be reviewed by the league


Brad Marchand could be hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

The Bruins forward had a slew foot on Rangers’ Derick Brassard during the second period Thursday night.

There was no penalty on the play and Brassard remains in the game.

Marchand has been suspended previously.

He received a five-game suspension for his hit on Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in January 2012.

Pastrnak sticking with the Bruins


Rookie David Pastrnak is sticking with the Boston Bruins this season.

Pastrnak will play in his 10th game Saturday when the Bruins play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, which will activate his entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old has four goals in three games since rejoining the Bruins after the world junior hockey championship. In eight games this season, entering tonight’s game, Pastrnak has five points.

Originally Boston’s first-round selection (25th overall) in 2014, Pastrnak had 10 goals and 27 points with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins prior to joining the Czech Republic for the Under-20 tournament.