Brad Marchand will miss the rest of the Boston Bruins’ regular season with a suspension.
But he’ll be back as soon as the playoffs begin.
The NHL announced today that Marchand has been suspended two games for delivering “a forceful spear directly to the groin of” Tampa Bay’s Jake Dotchin on Tuesday.
“This is not accidental or inadvertent contact,” the league ruled, while also noting Marchand’s “substantial history of attacking the lower body of unsuspecting opponents.”
The Bruins host Ottawa tonight and finish their 82-game schedule Saturday at home to Washington. Boston is still fighting for playoff seeding, so it’s more than a two-game vacation for Marchand.
Still, the Bruins have to be happy that their leading goal-scorer will be back for the first game of the playoffs, whoever and wherever they end up playing.