Report: Bruins’ Soderberg won’t face discipline for hit on Blue Jackets’ Calvert

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Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg won’t face a fine or suspension for his check on Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

The hit occurred during the second period of the Blue Jackets’ eventual 3-1 win against the Bruins on Saturday:

The check didn’t draw a penalty, yet Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy about it, deeming the blow a “shot right to the head.”

Calvert (pictured) bounced back from that hit to score the game-winner and an empty-net goal in the third period. Here’s a video of the clincher:

Calvert, 25, has dealt with some injury issues this season (basically fitting in with the rest of the Blue Jackets), so we’ll keep an eye out to see if anything lingers from the hit.

Calvert, Blue Jackets end Bruins winning streak at five games

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Matt Calvert, on the receiving end of what appeared to be a questionable hit from Carl Soderberg earlier in Saturday’s game, scored twice late in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets escaped Boston with a victory.

The loss ends the Bruins’ winning streak at five games. Boston was already without forward Brad Marchand, who is serving a two-game suspension for a slew-foot.

Further to the Soderberg hit on Calvert, there was no call on the play. Calvert went for a shot, when Soderberg swiped in front of him and delivered the hit, which sent the Columbus forward spiraling around to the ice.

The Blue Jackets, thanks to the two Calvert goals in the final 3:03 of regulation, earned a 3-1 victory.

Calvert was not available to media after the game due to illness, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

“We didn’t want to put in the work. We lost a lot of battles,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

Bruins’ Marchand calls slew-foot a ‘selfish act’

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Brad Marchand, a repeat offender in the National Hockey League, has been forced to answer for yet another suspension.

The Boston Bruins agitating forward was given a two-game ban on Friday for a slew-foot on Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers. It’s Marchand’s third suspension of his career. It comes at a time when the Bruins are on a roll, having won five consecutive games prior to puck drop on Saturday’s NHL schedule.

“It’s definitely on the edge, for sure. It’s a dangerous play, no doubt, and it’s something they’re trying to get out of the game,” said Marchand, as per CSNNE.com.

“It could be worse. It could be three or four [games], so I’ve got to be happy that it’s not. Hopefully the guys do well without me, and I’ll get back against Colorado.

“Our team has been playing so well, and I don’t want a selfish act like that to impact how well the team can do. Hopefully they can without me, which I know they can.”

In 42 games this season, Marchand has 12 goals and 24 points. The Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Goalie Nods: Dubnyk to face former team as Wild host Coyotes

All the latest from the blue paint…

Dubnyk gets a crack at his former team

After being dealt by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday, Devan Dubnyk will get a shot at his former team Saturday night when the Wild play host to the Coyotes. Dubnyk made 18 saves in a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday – his Wild debut. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances for the Coyotes this season going 9-5-2 while posting a 2.72 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage.

Mike Smith is expected to make the start for the Coyotes.

Elsewhere…

Blue Jackets at Bruins: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask

Maple Leafs at Blues: Jonathan Bernier vs. Brian Elliott

Oilers at Panthers: Viktor Fasth vs. Roberto Luongo

Avalanche at Lightning: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Bishop

Predators at Red Wings: Carter Hutton vs. Petr Mrazek

Hurricanes at Senators: Anton Khudobin vs. Craig Anderson

Islanders at Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Dustin Tokarski

Flyers at Sabres: Rob Zepp vs. Michal Neuvirth

Captials at Stars: Justin Peters vs. Kari Lehtonen

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Andersen vs. Jonathan Quick

Flames at Sharks: Joni Ortio vs. Antti Niemi

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

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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.