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Marchand gets five games for clipping Salo

Jan 9, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended five games for clipping Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo in Boston on Saturday.

Marchand will forfeit approximately $150,000 in salary.

In describing the play, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said Marchand “drops down dangerously low into Salo’s knee area” rather than making shoulder-to-shoulder contact.

Shanahan did not view Marchand’s actions as “defensive or instinctive,” calling the clip a “predatory low hit delivered intentionally” to a player that was “not coming at Marchand with great speed nor in a threatening posture.”

The NHL also took into account that Salo suffered a concussion on the play and that Marchand is a repeat offender, having been suspended last March for elbowing RJ Umberger.

Here’s the full explanation:

  1. babar61 - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Where is that one Boston homer who will say Shanahan is retarded and Marchand did nothing wrong?

    • gallyhatch - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      He might be watching his 2011 Stanley Cup Champions dvd, that’s one possibility.

      : )

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        Or, um, the current season, since they’re destroying opponents?

      • Ralphie - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        He actually has the “Sedin Bobblhead” chapter of that DVD on infinite loop:

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      If you’re referring to me, it’s probably the right call. It’s not a knee hit, but perhaps a dangerous one. As long as they’re consistent about calling a penalty on the hit, I can’t complain too much about it.

      • freebie717 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        You are unbelievable. I will say that your posts make me laugh though.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Unbelievable? Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who think that only THEIR team plays 100% clean.

        If I’m the homer, then I’m surrounded by rabid anti-Bruins haters.

      • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        You’re a homer, embrace it.

      • freebie717 - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        I’m a Flyers fan and I fully admit when they have dirty hits. What’s unbelievable to me is that I honestly don’t think you know what a knee is. You do realize there is a difference between the knee and the kneecap right? The knee extends the whole way around… it’s not just in the front. Homer or not, I’m really not sure how you can watch that video and not see that he hit Salo in the back/side of the knee. Stop the video at the :36 second mark and tell me he isn’t directly at his knee.

  2. viewsfromseat13 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I wont say that… Even here in Boston we were calling it a bad hit…

    • imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      It looks like Shanny completely agreed with you and the Canucks, and dismissed Julien and Marchand’s explanations.

  3. stakex - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    While it was a bad hit that should have been punished, I think 5 games is a joke. There have been some really nasty head shots that haven’t been given 5 games this season…

    • gallyhatch - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Dirty hit, definitely suspension worthy. I was thinking 3 games, I feel like 5 is excessive. That being said, repeat offender, the hit ended up concussing Salo, I thought Shannahan did a great job explaining it. You won’t hear me bitch about the call or the length of the suspension.

      • baywatchboy - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        Definitely should be a suspension, but what I would like to see happen with suspensions is that in addition to the suspension (or even as part of), the offending player should be suspended the next time the two teams meet. In this case,suspend Marchand for Boston’s next 4 games and the next time Boston and Vancouver play.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        That’s the worst idea ever. In that case the player doesn’t have to answer for his actions with his fists. Of course nobody on Vancouver would fight Marchand but in general having the suspending player sit during the next meeting of the 2 teams would make things a lot less interesting.

  4. porkcrisp - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Great explanation Shanny!

  5. foodforthesoul28 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Oh well, it’s over Marchand is suspended woopty doo can we all relax and move on now?

    • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      No! This is all we have! What are we supposed to do now …actually watch Van v. Florida!!?

  6. aksnowman - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Remember. The reason for 5 games was for a repeat offender. Fine fit the crime.

  7. kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    For the people who keep referencing Raymonds similar hit from last year in the playoffs, did you hear what Shanny had to say about “bailing” or “defensive” plays? Im going to go ahead and assume no … (yes I follow Blake Price I’m not completing plagerizing him ha)

  8. spokedjackets - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Solid explanation by Shanny, and I was surprised to see them highlight the fact Marchand hit Salo only 12 second before, in the exact same spot, and made normal body to body contact. Certainly after seeing that, I gotta agree with 5.

  9. drewzducks - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Now we can move on and it’s safe for Thelma,Louise and Roberta to come out and play.

    • edrooney - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Hey, the coast was clear for them after Saturday, I mean didn’t you hear their fearless leader? They proved their toughness in Boston. They proved it, so now everyone will stop talking about what a bunch of pu$$ies they are.

      Hopefully their pu$$y fans don’t burn their city down again this spring when they eventually lose.

      • drewzducks - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        Good point. At least this finally confirmed that the English translation for Vigneault is in fact vagina.

  10. homerthompson - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I think the hit was worth 3, he got the extra two for being a repeat offender. All in all, good job by Shanny.

  11. drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    From the online rulebook:

    “A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s knees.”

    I guess “clipping manner” is the problem. It was definitely a “clipping manner”, despite that he didn’t actually clip him (neither “at”, nor “across”, nor “below” the knees). I missed that part of the rule before.

    I have no problem getting this type of hit removed from the game. Just be consistent about it. Earlier in the game, a Canuck delivered a hit “in a clipping manner”, and no penalty was called. Also, Marchand has delivered this type of hit before and not been penalized or had a hearing. Which is probably why he thought he could get away with it.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      For every downthumb, I get a dollar.

      • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        ahhh….well that explains why you post such crap, makes sense now!

    • edrooney - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Give it up Drew, most Bruins fans disagree with you.

      It sucks that the Canucks’ constant whining since June got the refs to call this game through blue & green glasses, but the Marchand hit was a bad one. It’s an excessive penalty due to his history / reputation and the injury it caused.

      Whether it’s called consistently or not is another matter, but Marchand was in the wrong there.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        ” Marchand was in the wrong there.”

        Which is what I noted in other posts in this thread.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      I just love the fact that now I’m *agreeing* with everyone and yet I get downthumbed.

      Sheer hilarity.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      We can argue back and forth forever about whether other hits also constituted ‘in a clipping mannger’.
      That being said, Marchand was clearly frustrated with Salo and the low hit was undeniably intentional. This is an obvious attempt to injure another player in a dirty manner. I think he should have gotten at least 10 games for this.
      I think that head shots are sometimes harder to deal with. Often in the midst of a game, a player is lining up for a check and goes a bit higher than intentioned. He should still get punished, but it can be hard to prove that there was a deliberate attempt to seriously injure another player.

      In this case, Marchand was intent on blowing out another player’s knees. There is no place for that in hockey or in any sport.

  12. mcfierce24 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    After Shanaban’s explanation, and multiple views of the hit, taking into account a “past history” I agree with the 5. Initially I was thinking 3.

    Go B’s!!

  13. neelyisgod - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    3 would have been acceptable, 5 seems steep but hey Shanny needs to make a statement and this is a start. Over the past few weeks this is getting out of control fast. Maybe next time regardless of the progressive discipline status a 10 game suspension should be levied to get control back or we maybe looking at 25 games square in the face sometime soon.
    Last time Marchand was out they scored 9
    so its not all that bad.

    GO B’s!!!!!

  14. drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    At least now we’ll (hopefully) stop hearing about how the Bruins get away with everything and Shanahan is in their back pocket.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Now you’re just pandering to get those thumbs up. I almost went for it.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        Everyone’s assuming I’m a blind homer who’s intellectually dishonest. There’s no way to convince you otherwise.

  15. haterzgonahate - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    reading these comments reminds me of watching kids fight in a sand box

    • edrooney - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Are you the same haterzgonahate (awesome username btw, seriously awesome) that said the following quote earlier today in the “Bruins GM accuses Canucks of mounting “high-handed propaganda” campaign against Marchand” comment thread?

      “haterzgonahate – Jan 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM
      the Bruins are everything that’s wrong with the league today. the Canucks aren’t the first and only team to point that out, propaganda? gimme a break.. and not Mason Raymonds back!

      the league has been steering teams into a non-violent corner since the lockout.. seems only the Bruins and Rangers aren’t conforming. what a joke. it’s not 1970 anymore.

      this crap is just childish. the Vancouver organization is miles above the Bruins in my opinion. and i’m a Leafs fan for the record.

      seems like the B’s are all on steroids.”

      Try not to choke on those sour grapes. And by sour grapes, I mean those shitty trades your GM has made with Boston over the last few years. Like you don’t have an agenda too.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        You reminded me of Cam Neely. Excellent.

  16. vancitybeauty - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    You got what you deserved you dirty french piece of shit

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

      Aren’t you from Canada?

  17. kkickflip - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    He should have hit him normally. That was a dangerous hit. All he had to do is use his body to hit Salo in the shoulder or torso like you’re supposed to instead of ducking and taking out his feet. Flipping a guy like that is dangerous considering you’re not only throwing your weight at his knees but you’re also flipping him in manner that could make it so he lands on his head or his skates are flying around. I think Shanahan made the right decision.

  18. habsman - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    The gutless little rat may have got a 5 game suspension, but down the road, hopefully he will get what he really deserves. Just like the sucker puncher Horton.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Why don’t you call the cops? Your local precinct has been willing to listen in the past.

      • habsman - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        Did I hit a nerve Drew?

        First, I don’t need cops. Second, what’s a “precinct”? Third, it must be nice to have Greggie Campbells daddie covering for all the goon cheap shots that the Bruins got away with last year right? Congrats on winning the Campbell Cup last year.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        Of course you don’t need cops. Montreal cops are responsible for dealing with on-ice incidents at the Bell Centre, not with your petty problems. As for ‘precinct,’ why don’t you learn some English? And for the love of God, stop whining about Chara not getting arrested just because he beat up on your team. That stuff happens when you’re as soft as the Habs are.

  19. blomfeld - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:01 PM


    The reason this check has hit such a nerve with Canucks Nation is because Marchand has now made the Canucks look foolish on more than one occasion and it’s really starting to get to them … on almost any given night, there are far more “cowardly and dirtier” hits meted out than this one … yet the sight of another Canuck stalwart being rendered utterly impotent by the antics of tiny little Marchand, is obviously too much to handle … can you imagine the reaction from Boston fans, if one of the sisters went berserk and KO’d Chara ? … we’d never hear the end of it ! … the bottom line is that Marchand’s hit was “cool” as it stirred the pot, which is what this shit is all about …

    ps seriously: Swedes are one of the most decent people of all … and the Sedin brothers probably exemplify that better than anyone … I know this firsthand, as I lived and worked in that country many years ago, which made for some of the most memorable memories in my life … at any rate, the following is a video of some Canuck forwards “hard” on the forecheck … :)

  20. xxshookonexx - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Suspension is fine…whatever….it still pisses me off that Raffi Torres who spent the previous weekend teeing off on other players…only got 2 games for the Prosser hit only, nothing for Ferrence and a fine for another hit….how consistent is that from the league’s disciplinarian?

  21. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I’m fine with the suspension resulting from Marchand’s action and his repeat offender status. However, I still think factoring the injury into the decision is a bad move. If that continues to be the case we’ll start to see every player on the receiving end of a questionable hit being diagnosed with a concussion in hopes of earning the opponent a suspension.

    Given the level of class we’ve seen from this team it wouldn’t surprise me if Salo is cleared to play tomorrow now that the suspensions has been handed down.

  22. sippindasyzurp - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Easy suspension for this… The fact that he was frustrated 10 seconds before the incident happend makes this almost seem somewhat pre meditated… I am sure Boston will survive this but Karma is a bitch and it will rear its ugly head one day for people who continue to do this kind of stuff

  23. 8man - Jan 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    The officials made the right call in the game on this one and Shannahan meted out the correct punishment. That being said, the entire two periods before this was a total mess and the officials were completely unprepared for this game.

    How many Canucks jumped into and peeled away from that opening scrum before you even saw a zebra? And then they wrongly eject Lucic less than 4 minutes into the game. That put the Bruins on the psychological defensive. And then the officials spent the rest of the afternoon trying to “engineer” a fair outcome based on their previous erroneous calls or lack of response.

    Seriously, I hope that in the future a game of this controversial magnitude is handled by officials who hit the ice ready for what may ensue.

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