NHL: Why Suspension of Bruins' Brad Marchand Is Inconsistent, Unwarranted

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NHL: Why Suspension of Bruins' Brad Marchand Is Inconsistent, Unwarranted
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Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and head disciplinarian, announced on Monday evening that Boston Bruins' forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for five games as punishment for his hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

The video of Marchand's hit can be seen on the next slide. Marchand was given a five-minute major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct. The Bruins gave up two goals on the major power play en route to a 4-3 loss to the Canucks.

A comparison between Marchand's hit and four other hits—by Canucks players alone—shows that the Bruins' young forward was unjustly suspended for such a long period of time.

Perhaps the NHL has finally caved to those fans who have cried out against Boston's borderline style of play.

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