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Will Brad Marchand be in trouble for collision with Anthony Duclair?

Scott McLaughlin
March 10, 2018 - 2:10 pm

Brad Marchand basically plays permanently under a microscope at this point, so any sort of hit or collision involving him, especially one that results in an injury, is going to get attention.

That includes his collision with Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Marchand and Duclair both turned toward the same spot on the ice behind the play and ran into each other.

Marchand jumped up just before the collision and caught Duclair in the face with his hands and wound up being called for interference. Duclair's leg appeared to stick in the ice when contact was made and he needed to be helped off the ice with what looked like a knee injury.

For just about any other player, it would be easy to dismiss this as a freak collision with an unfortunate result, but Marchand's history and reputation means the debate over whether there was anything nefarious here has already begun.

On the one hand, you could argue that Marchand was actually trying to avoid contact (namely, a knee-on-knee collision) by jumping. On the other, you could argue that Marchand still could've avoided having his hands in Duclair's face and that he doesn't deserve any benefit of the doubt.

Marchand has been suspended six times in his career, most recently for five games in January for elbowing New Jersey's Marcus Johansson. He's also been fined four times, including just yesterday for embellishment.

Watch the play below and decide for yourself.

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