Bruins' Brad Marchand gives cheap shot vs. Blue Jackets | News Coverage from USA

Bruins’ Brad Marchand gives cheap shot vs. Blue Jackets

Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand, known for pushing the limits, made news during last year’s playoffs when he licked players.

And he began this season pummeling a player in a season-opening blowout loss over how he celebrated a goal and getting misconducts for two incidents of protesting a call.

That gave Marchand 66 penalty minutes through 19 games, but he behaved afterward with 32 minutes through the rest of the regular season as he recorded a career-best 100 points.

But cameras caught him reverting to old ways as he delivered a cheap shot near the end of the Bruins’ 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game 3.

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had made a save with 71 seconds left in the third period and there was a scrum in front of the net. Marchand skated behind a kneeling Columbus defenseman Scott Harrington and punched him in the back of the head.

Harrington wasn’t hurt and the referees missed the play because they were breaking apart other players. Marchand skated away as Boone Jenner said something to him.

But the league could always look at the video evidence. Marchand does have six previous suspensions, but a fine could be levied instead.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, whose team leads the series 2-1, said he saw the play, but he didn’t comment on it.

“I’m not giving you my thoughts,” he told reporters. “I don’t need to give you my thoughts on that.”

Game 4 will be in Columbus Thursday.





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