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Brad Marchand might be in trouble again after going low (again)

Feb 16, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

The NHL hit Boston Bruins troublemaker Brad Marchand pretty hard for clipping Sami Salo earlier this season, making him sit five games. That reason alone justifies the attention that Marchand’s most recent run-in with Alexei Emelin is receiving:

The optics on this one fail to make the same impact as the low blow on Salo, but to some, it’s evidence that Marchand didn’t “learn” from sitting in time out last time. Speaking of hits that involved Marchand, Paul Chiasson of The Associated Press blessed us all with this shot of his collision with P.K. Subban:

source: AP

In case it matters to you, Marchand received a two-minute minor for his behavior during the game, which didn’t stop Boston from winning 4-3 via a shootout.

Of course, there will certainly be those (plenty of Bruins fans, one might guess) who see nothing wrong with what Marchand did, so where do you stand on the clipping incident? Let us know what kind of punishment – if any – Marchand should receive.

  1. back2backbees - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    slow news day apparently

    • imleftcoast - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Typical Bruin with no ability for self-analysis. It’s not an acceptable hit. He’ll get two games, and I hope Shanahan mentions that it’s for continuing Marchand to be a loser.

      • back2backbees - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

        ok car flipper, how many will you get in court?

  2. jond86 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Emelin – 6’2”
    Marchand – 5’9”

    Would have been closer to hip on hip but Emelin elevates himself.

    Get something else to write about

    • kellyb9 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      There’s a lot of short guys in the league who don’t have this problem.

    • 4twistedlogic - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      The problem is not his height, the problem is his IQ.

      It will be irony at it’s finest when one of the Bruins kids get his career cut short by a dirty play. At least he won’t have to watch games alone. I hear Savard is looking for something to do.

      It may take a few months/years but it will happen.

      • mgp1219 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        You could say the same about Subban, but at least marchand is willing to defend himself while subban goes into the fetal position when challenged to a fight.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Emelin standing up isn’t elevating himself, he’s expecting shoulder to shoulder just like the Salo incident. Having said that, Marchand doesn’t get as low as he did on the Salo hit (from what I can tell) and at least Emelin had just finished playing the puck. Nothing further needed than the penalty.

      I don’t know enough about the Subban picture to say he was good or bad, so I’ll leave that out.

      Now, having said all that, Marchand still goes in with his knees quite bent and the guys he plays against are only going to get taller, so he is begging for clipping calls whether he intends those hits or not. He can throw that kind of hit (not a traditional hip check really) but can’t bend both at the waist and at the knees or he’ll keep getting in trouble.

  3. cmutimmah - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I don’t think this is just a “slow news day” story. He’s notorious for hitting low. He’s become a distraction for the team and cause a rift in the production of the Boston offense (especially Seguin and Bergy, since their point totals have severely plateaued in the last month…)

    This cat is fast becoming a Sean Avery/Claude Lemieux side show.

  4. crmgoodness - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Nice passive aggressive shot at Bruins fans James. Minor penalty committed, minor penalty assessed. That’s pretty much it here. The Salo hit was suspension worthy (I’m not so sure about 5 games) and this was minor penalty worthy.

    I’ll look forward to your post on the Hal Gill knee to knee check coming later.

    • rdurk86 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Why would anyone cover the dirtier hit that actually caused an injury?

      That would just be silly.

    • solador78 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Bruins were out-hit 27-16, so I’m sure you can find lots to whine about.

      • rdurk86 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        No whining, just funny how there is no coverage of Gill kneeing Peverley. Now Peverley is out for the rest of the road trip.

  5. mjdkid100 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Well if you pause it at 19 seconds, it sure looks hip to hip to me. The only reason it looked like a clip is because Emelin, turned to his backside like a typical Hab trying to draw a call. No suspension. minor penatly was bad enough. It was almost as bad as the interference call on Boychuk late in the game. Just your normal Montreal refs and diving, nothing new to see here.

    When did hip checks become clipping calls? I though a clip was around or below the knee?

    • elvispocomo - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      While I agree on your assessment of Marchand’s part in this, I don’t agree with your assessment of Emelin’s part. It reeks of ‘Bruins Fan’, btw, but Emelin is doing just what Salo did, turning to the side to brace for what he should expect to be a shoulder to shoulder impact.

      And I didn’t see the Boychuk call, was it anything similar to the ‘interference’ he did on Mason Raymond at the end of the SCF? I guess there weren’t Montreal refs in that one.

      This is an example of a reactionary clipping call, however, similar to how many of the Bruins fans tried to point out how Hamhuis and Ballard we’re ‘clearly’ clipping people as well – and they’ve gotten undeserved penalties as well.

      I can understand it’s pretty hard to call reall time, and when you have a player as short as Marchand (with his reputation as well) bent at the waist and the knees, you almost have to assume it’s clipping.

  6. warpstonebc - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    What makes Marchand’s play a douche-move is that he throws the “hip check” on the forecheck. He’s moving directly at the defender looking to play the puck out of the zone and goes out of his to way clip the guy.

    The difference between what Marchand does and a solid hip check: most defencemen (forwards are generally not skilled at it) throw the hip check at an on-coming forward while skating backwards. It’s basically a rub play turned into a hit.

    Clearly this is not something that Marchand does. He does not throw anything close to a textbook hip check. He throws cheap shots that will eventually end some guy’s career.

  7. hockinj25 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    It didn’t look as bad as the first one but because of his past he’ll probably be suspended

    • solador78 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Marchand won’t be suspended, because if the NHL were to suspend him it would have to be for more than 5 games and Jeremy Jacobs would like to remind the NHL brass that the Bruins are in a tight playoff race and that he signs the paychecks around here.

      • solador78 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Confirmed: Jeremy Jacobs will not suspend Marchand.

  8. habsman - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    It’s getting more and more difficult to keep defending the actions of these cheap shot artists isn’t it Bruin fans? It seems every week or two, another incident requires Bruin fans to try to “spin” what happened in order to defend their cheap shot, sucker punching team.

    Last night Marchand deliberately went at the knees of Emelin with less than two seconds left in the period. It was a gutless move from a gutless little weasel.

    Too many incidents to cover for anymore. The spotlight is on you now and the league cannot turn a blind eye like they did last year. But hey, have at it! Lets hear how you intend to spin this one.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      I had expected something from you on this. I didn’t know about it being 2 seconds at the end of the period (can’t see that in the video) but he doesn’t target the knees as much as he has on previous hits so you’re really overstating that.

      It’s not a great play, since Emelin is clearly expecting shoulder to shoulder contact the way Marchand is skating in and braces himself for that, but you can see he at least makes contact with the thigh, so it’s not as bad a result.

      You don’t do yourself any favours with the way you comment (emotional, antagonistic, devoid of facts at times, etc) so try and look at things logically.

    • mgp1219 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Care to discuss the boarding penalty that wasn’t called on emelin when he nailed Thornton from behind right into the boards and would not fight when Thornton challenged him more than once? (typical canadien pussy move) .

  9. captaincanuck84 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I will preface this comment that I despise that little rat and his cowardly style of play, however, this hit will not receive a suspension and doesnt deserve one. Minor penalty is enough, he went low but he went to the hip and not lower. He needs to stop bending over at the waist when hitting guys, bend your knees to get leverage because as we know from football that the low man wins but stop trying to cut guys in half. Be a man you wimpy little rat!!

  10. drewsylvania - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    In addition to not mentioning the Gill knee, they also don’t mention the un-called boarding of Shawn Thornton.

    No bias at this site.

  11. drewsylvania - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Give Marchand some credit, at least this time he’s clipping the right guys. :p

    He needs to stop with the crap that gets him penalized and off the ice. Rightly or wrongly, he’s going to get called for borderline or worse hits more often than a lot of other guys. Use your head and stop hurting your team.

    The league does need to call the illegal checks more consistently. The pendulum has swung the other way–it’s now the Habs that are getting away with crap without discipline.

  12. habsman - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Just as I thought, Bruin fans pointing a finger in another direction in order to deflect attention from a cowardly cheap shot.

    Yes there were several other “hits” that happened. I could refer to a low hit that Marchand delivered to Subban earlier in the game, or a hit by Thornton on Emelin against the boards that was an obvious interference.

    But there was only one hit that was a deliberate intent to injure. Marchand clearly took a run at Emelin knees with less than two seconds left in the period. It was dirty and should be punished. But keep up the “spinning.”

  13. gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Boston fans have officially become as bias and pathetic as Pens fans.
    Shouldn’t be surprised considering how Pats fans are these days.

    Surprisingly i find Red Sox fans to be objective and knowledgeable, while Bruins fans are clueless.

  14. darthhamel - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Marchand it becoming to low hits what Cooke was to headshots.

  15. mgp1219 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    yeah, ‘cuz that only happens to the Bruins, right?

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