The 2016 Winter Classic will be a little less pugnacious without Brad Marchand suiting up against the Montreal Canadiens.
The pesky Boston Bruins forward was handed a three-game suspension for his low, “clipping” hit on Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki.
Marchand already shared his take on the hit, so it’s unlikely that he agrees with the league’s decision.
“It was a simple play,” said Marchand, as per the Ottawa Sun. “I was trying to get to the puck carrier and I turned up ice and he was kind of standing there. I just turned up and tried to go after the puck carrier.”
In case you’re wondering about a possible appeal …
It’s not the first time Marchand faced supplemental discipline for this general type of hit; he was suspended five games for clipping Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo back in 2012.
He’s not just a repeat offender. Marchand is a repeat offender when it comes to questionable low hits, as the video explanation notes.
Borowiecki’s return to the game may have reduced Marchand’s punishment.
A few quick reactions: