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Volchenkov gets four-game suspension for elbowing Marchand

Apr 11, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

For making “reckless elbow contact” with the side of Boston forward Brad Marchand‘s head on Wednesday night, New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suspended four games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Here’s Brendan Shanahan with the explanation:

Under the terms of the CBA, Volchenkov will forfeit $91,891.88. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Marchand was forced to leave the game and is being assessed today.

  1. bruinsfan19 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Hopefully he’s ok can’t afford to lose Marchand now and still no Bergeron that would be a huge blow to our team

  2. ironmike778 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Good call. It was pretty blatant.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Too long. 2 games would have been fine.

    • 19to77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      If you could make a case for it being accidental or irresponsible positioning or something, yeah, but that was a blatant targeted hit. He was aiming the whole way in. Four games is completely fair for obvious intent to headshot another player.

      • rogersjd16 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        And a repeat offender…

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        He’s not considered a repeat offender under the NHL’s guidelines

  4. rwbart1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Seriously? I’ve seen worst with no suspension, oh wait it was Boston that got victimized and not the aggressor for once..I see now.

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      That hit was the very definition of a suspendable action. Left his feet, principal point of contact was the head with his elbow, and lastly he didn’t even play the puck.

      • 8man - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        Good explanation.

    • upyourstodd - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      You are a joke. I dont care if it was Ulf Samuelsen was who was on the receiving end of this check. Dirty Plays are Dirty plays. Any normal human can be unbiased enough to see that.

      • rogersjd16 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Don’t even bother responding to such arbitrary ignorance.

  5. r4n6er - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    This couldn’t have happened to a dirtier player. This guy has done more reckless things to players then anyone (aside from cooke of course), and he deserves what he gets. Of course I am talking about Marchand Vol.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      He plays like a giant douchebag but it’s incorrect to classify him as dirty

  6. csilojohnson - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Looked just as blatant as the Del Zotto v Neal hit. Its a good thing consistency is important to the league…

  7. gbar22 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    And devils fan quietly rejoice to the news and hope Salvador is out for the rest of the year as well.

  8. cdoyle444cdoyle444 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    What a loser!! That guy is lucky BOS & NJ don’t meet again this year. Thornton would punch a hole through his face. Sore losers like that deserve payback.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Why does every coversation with a Boston fan end up with Thornton punching a hole through something? Head shots like this one are horrible – they have just about as much place in the NHL as goons like Thornton.

      • bigblackzaranek - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Don’t call him a goon, now the B’s fans are going to get riled up and say he’s a skilled player…

  9. adge84 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    You must be a complete idiot to think that hit and the del zotto hit were in any way comparable.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Both are reckless elbows to the head that ended with the other player sustaining a head injury which will most likely result in lost games. Whether or not Del Zotto intentionally did it or not, it was definitely reckless to spin an elevated elbow backwards when he knew Neal was there.

      You’d have to be a complete idiot to say they aren’t comparable.

  10. mclovinhockey - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    @upyours, all R4 said is that Marchand is very dirty. Anyone who watched hockey can agree on that, he never said he deserved it or that he is glad it happened.

  11. cdoyle444cdoyle444 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Hey Withdrawal. Since when do goons score goals. Thornton can play. Funny how that douche throws an illegal elbow to the smallest player on the B’s. IMPRESSIVE…..

    • bigblackzaranek - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Withdrawal, told you theyd call the guy with 5 points a skilled player…

      • dewzer - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Unfortunately, as currently constituted (less Bergeron and Marchand) 5 points DOES qualify as a skill player for the B’s.

      • bigblackzaranek - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Still better than my Sabres I suppose haha

  12. malkinrulez - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Seems odd no one asked volchenkov to dance at the time it happened

  13. zeechball - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Thorton cant play or fight. Look at his face he gets pkunded everytime he goes to fight. Which is usually against some soft player on the other team.

  14. kotteintheslot - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    This is a good call to give him a suspension for 4, but the inconsistency of Shanahan is getting pretty ridiculous

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