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Brad Marchand could be in hot water for this elbow to Marcus Johansson

Ty Anderson
January 23, 2018 - 11:48 pm

In a race to the New Jersey net with Devils forward Marcus Johansson late in the third period of the a 3-2 win for the Bruins, Brad Marchand ended the one-on-one sequence with a bang, as his elbow caught Johansson square in the head with a follow through down to the ice.

It’s the kind of incident that can go without any sort of worry if both parties leave unscatched, which Johansson did not, as he required helped from the trainers to get up and off the ice, and if the player throwing the elbow is not the polarizing Marchand.

When asked about the incident after the game, Marchand did his best to tiptoe around saying much of anything, pleading complete ignorance to the entire incident.

“What happened?” Marchand asked back. “I don’t know. He got hurt. I don’t know what happened. I have no idea what happened. I took a shot and I tumbled down and he was hurt. So I don’t know what happened there, but hopefully he’s okay.”

Marchand, who has been suspended five times in his NHL career and as recently as last April (that for a spear to the groin of the Lightning’s Jake Dotchin), may face supplemental discipline from the NHL, as the league's Department of Player Safety will review the incident, according to NBC Boston. Marchand has already been let off the hook once this season, you could argue, as he was not hit with a fine or suspension for his headshot to the Islanders' John Tavares back in December.

The 29-year-old Marchand, named an NHL All-Star for the second consecutive season earlier this month, is currently leading the Bruins in both goals (21) and points (50).

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