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NHL confirms Volchenkov hearing, reportedly by phone

Apr 11, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

Volchenkov hit

The NHL has confirmed previous reports that New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will have a chat with the Department of Player Safety regarding his actions last night.

Volchenkov’s hearing, which will take place this morning, will be conducted over the phone, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti. That means Volchenkov won’t be suspended for more than five games.

The NHL is reviewing his elbow on Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

Volchenkov was assessed a five-minute elbowing major, but that hit also ended Marchand’s night.

Marchand has a team-leading 33 points in 38 games. Another one of the Bruins’ top scorers, Patrice Bergeron, is currently sidelined with a concussion.

If you missed the incident, you can see it below:

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  1. madtolive5 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Total BS…guy should have to go to Toronto.
    Repeat offender, leaves his feet and targets the head.

    I know people don’t like Marshand but it shouldn’t matter who the player is.
    These are the hits that need to be taken out of the NHL.

    • tatdue - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Wow…57 thumbs up on your comment. That’s either all Boston fans or a lot of people that don’t know what they are talking about. Volchenkov should be suspended, I agree….but you people want more than 5 games for that? First let’s get the truth out….He is NOT considered a repeat offender because his other previous suspension was 4 years ago and he left his feet AFTER impact. I am not a fan of either team so maybe my view isn’t so distorted. It was a pretty blatant elbow to the head though. That said he’ll probably get TWO games….three if he doesn’t represent himself well.

      To all the people saying that it’s BS that he doesn’t have to go to Toronto or in other words saying that he deserves more than 5 games… people are all stoned! Hell, the Nash hit was worse than this, and what did he get……?

      • madtolive5 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        2011 is four years ago?

        You also were so right on the two games….

  2. ironmike778 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Even the Marchand haters can’t deny that one. Intentional head shot all day. Suspension to follow.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    How is Marchand? Maybe his history of embellishing is making shanahan wonder.

    It should easily be at least a game but shannys wheel of judgment is always off.

    • gallyhatch - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      The guy left his feet & targeted the head with an elbow. There’s no getting around that. This hearing should be in person, especially for a repeat offender.

      Furthermore, to suggest a player would embellish a head injury is one of the dumbest things I’ve read to date considering the whole “dark room” etc. That is the last thing a competitive player wants to deal with.

    • rdurk86 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      I know I don’t have to wonder about one thing, you are a complete idiot.

    • rdurk86 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I mean, it’s not even worth my time for an intelligent response, your comment is just flat out dumb.

    • madtolive5 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Great move by Marchand to embellish a head hit. Gets a 5 minute major, and Volchenkov out of the game and the B’s only lose their top scorer too!!!!

      Yup this is the same logic of why Crosby always starts fights with Jon Scott….

    • jpt0320 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Yeah, this is ridiculous…. Marchand has no history of “trying to draw five” and faking injuries.

      • madtolive5 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        You are using a Mike Felger quote?? That guy was claiming Claude Julien should be fired a year removed from winning the Stanley Cup!!!!! He is without a doubt the biggest douche in sports. He also said last week Tuukka Rask should not be the starting goalie….

        Marchand no doubt had a run of flopping last season and he seems to have grown out of it. The point is that no player would fake an injury, taking himself out of the game, to get a major penalty from a worse player! If

  4. jb8383 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Per Tom Gulitti, the Devils beat writer, he technically is not a repeat offender because his first instance happened over 18 months ago, but the NHL will take into account his prior history. Listen I’m a huge Devils fan and I definitely think he should be suspended. I hate seeing this stuff – there was no need for it and it was a stupid play.

  5. myroncopesflask - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Can’t really take the impact into consideration with players such as Volchenkov. The intent was so clear and it doesn’t matter who the hit was on. I can’t believe he doesn’t have a really bad reb because Volchenkov truly intend to hurt players. Every time I watch him play I notice at least 2-3 plays that he gets away with.

  6. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Terrible, disgusting, dirty hit. Absolutely no excuses for this kind of crap. Marchand pulled away from the hit, which makes the intentional targeting of the head just that much worse. Total BS. And this is coming from somebody who would love to see the Bruins run into as much resistance as possible getting out of the first round of the playoffs. Sincerely hope Marchand doesn’t have a concussion.

  7. jb8383 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    He is going to get suspended and they called a 5 min major and he got kicked out of the game. How is that total BS? The league has been so inconsistent with this stuff this year, I think they are doing the right thing here. So many other instances this year where no penalties were even called (Nash, Del Zotto). I think the league is doing the right thing.

  8. brianforster - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    meanwhile gubrandsons hit that resulted in a major penalty, game misconduct, AND an injury or erat (i do not agree with the sentiment that the hit deserves punishment based on the resulting injury but it is clear the NHL has set this precedent) didnt even deserve a hearing. its an embarrassing joke how these things are handled.

  9. caps4cup - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Why is there no hearing for the guy who hit erat

  10. pastabelly - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Marchand didn’t embellish. He missed the rest of the game. Hopefully, he’s back soon. Even Marchand haters would struggle to come up with anything dirty he has done this year. But this isn’t about him. Is it?

  11. dropthepuckeh - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    4 game suspension.

  12. mrmikebong - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    This is complete horse manure!!! I’ve rewound the video 30 times… the elbow was COMPLETELY extended out and the contact then to the head was so slight with the momentum already completed. Like tossing out a punch, keeping your hand out and then tip-toeing to a face…. Absolutely Embellish… Why? Who cares if Marchand missed the rest of the game — he would have gotten into some serious trouble for embellishment if he returned. 3 other similar cases have players evening missing a game or 2 to make SURE they don’t get CAUGHT! – He would like like an IDIOT otherwise! Let me tell you I know for a FACT he’s fine… and this is RIDICULOUS! That kid is a woos-bag-baby! and HE deserves the penalty/misconduct… My 4 year old hits hard than that left over poop hit! What a joke and you Boston Fans can bite me! It’s a FACT! and the rest of the teams / fans know it!

    • koyoteken - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Yup, he sure did embellish the blood coming out of his ear………………..retard

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