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Report: Brad Marchand won't face supplemental discipline from NHL

Ty Anderson
December 10, 2017 - 2:37 pm

Brad Marchand is going to dodge any further discipline for his vicious interference against the Islanders’ John Tavares, according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy.

Knocked on his butt at center ice at the start of the period, Marchand was clearly bothered by something and complained to the referee from the seat of his pants. But without a penalty called in Marchand’s favor, the 5-foot-9 winger got back up with a head of stream, and absolutely buried Tavares up high to finish his backcheck.

Assessed a five-minute major (but not kicked out of the game), Marchand did his best to explain what happened on the play in his postgame scrum with the media.

“He was turning up with the puck and as he was almost there, [Charlie McAvoy] stripped him, I was right there coming in fast and committed so that stuff happens in hockey,” said Marchand. “It was a penalty, they called the right call and that’s the game.”

The Islanders, however, did not seem to agree with the ‘hockey play’ part of it.

“The video speaks for itself,” Tavares said. “Don't have much to say about it."

“Dirty hit, not a bright play,” Islanders coach Doug Weight said when asked for his opinion on the Marchand hit following Saturday’s game. “I think they just collided at center ice, it was kind of strange, obviously [Marchand] went hunting the head.”

In addition to Marchand skating free, Backes will also dodge any sort of his hearing for his headbutt on New York forward Andrew Ladd. 

The Bruins and Islanders meet again on Jan. 2 in Brooklyn.

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