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Bruins’ Brad Marchand Handed 3-Game Suspension

Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended three games for slew-footing Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson Sunday.

The incident occurred just one minute and eight seconds into the first period. Marchand wasn’t penalized on the play nor was Ekman-Larsson hurt.

Here, you’ll see the slew-foot within the first five seconds of the video right next to Vancouver’s bench. The announcer then mentions the possibility of it being a slew-footing not too long after the incident. The announcer later called it a “dangerous, dirty play.”

The incident occurred with just one minute and eight seconds into the first period. Marchand wasn’t penalized on the play nor was Ekman-Larsson hurt.

This is Marchand’s seventh suspension in his 13-year long NHL career. His most recent suspension came in January 2018, where he was suspended for five games for elbowing Devils forward Marcus Johansson.

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The NHL Department of Player Safety has a history of punishing repeat offenders especially when the same offense is being repeated.

Marchand was fined for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen in 2011. In 2015, he was suspended two games for slew-footing Rangers center Derick Brassard.

Marchand will forfeit $91,875, according to the collective bargaining agreement rules. The money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistant Fund. Marchand will be available to play again on December 8th when, coincidentally, they play the Canucks again.

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