Speaking to the media Saturday for the first time since slew-footing Rangers forward Derick Brassard, Brad Marchand fessed up to what he called a “dangerous” infraction and said he considers himself fortunate to have not received a bigger suspension than the two-game ban he received.

“It could be worse,” Marchand said. “It could be three or four, so I’€™ve got to be happy that it’€™s not.”

Marchand has been outspoken against slew-footing in the past. Though he was fined during the 2011-12 season for doing it, he had some harsh words for Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner during the 2013 season after Skinner slew-footed Patrice Bergeron.

So why, then, would Marchand then kick a player’€™s right foot out and pull him down to the ice in textbook slew-foot fashion? Marchand admitted he contracted his past words, but said it wasn’€™t entirely intentional.

“Going into the play, it wasn’€™t what I was trying to do,” he said. “I was just trying to make a hard hit. I was trying to throw him backwards, but I didn’€™t intend to kick his feet out. Things happen. It’€™s a quick game. Plays in hockey are going to happen that are questionable, and you’€™ve got to live with it.”

Marchand said he did not feel his reputation or past played a factor in what is now his third career suspension. He called his reputation ‘€œa grave I’€™ve dug for myself,’€ but said that he had made efforts in recent seasons to eliminate dirty plays from his game.

“Maybe it played into it a little bit, but I have been trying to play within the rules and change my game,” he said. “Again, I play a hard game and I’€™m going to do things that are questionable at times. I’€™ve got to live it. The way that they discipline me, I’€™ve got to live with that.”

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DJ Bean

Brad Marchand was suspended two games for slew-footing Derick Brassard during Thursday night’€™s game against the Rangers.

Brad Marchand was suspended two games for slew-footing Derick Brassard during Thursday night’€™s game against the Rangers.

Marchand will miss Saturday’€™s game against the Blue Jackets and Tuesday’€™s game in Dallas before being eligible to return against the Avalanche on Wednesday in Boston’€™s final game before the All-Star break.

For the video explanation of the suspension, click here.

“Marchand both kicks out Brassard’€™s skates and drives him backward to the ice with force,”€ the video explained. “What makes this play even more dangerous is its proximity to the boards.”

In anticipation of the suspension, the Bruins skated left wing Daniel Paille on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line with Marchand and Reilly Smith. With Marchand suspended, the Bruins can move Paille up and play Jordan Caron on the fourth line in Paille’€™s usual spot.

This is the third suspension of Marchand’s career and second punishment for slew-footing. He was fined $2,500 in the 2011-12 season for a slew-foot on then- Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen. Marchand was suspended for elbowing R.J. Umberger during the 2010-11 season and got a five-game ban for a low-bridge hit on Sami Salo the next season.

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DJ Bean

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WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand has a phone hearing with the NHL‘€™s Department of Player Safety to discuss his

WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand has a phone hearing with the NHL‘€™s Department of Player Safety to discuss his slew-foot on Rangers forward Derick Brassard in Thursday’€™s win over the Rangers.

Claude Julien declined to comment on the play, only sharing that Marchand had a hearing. Perhaps in anticipation of a potential Marchand suspension, Julien skated left wing Daniel Paille on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line in practice.

The lines were as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak
Marchand/Paille-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Caron-Campbell-Cunningham

Marchand has been suspended twice in his NHL career, as he was given two games for a hit on R.J. Umberger during the 2010-11 season and five games for a low-bridge hit on Sami Salo in the 2011-12 season. He was fined $2,500 for a slew-foot earlier that season.

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DJ Bean

Rangers center Derick Brassard said after Thursday’€™s game against the Bruins that he was slew-footed by Brad Marchand during a second-period power play for the Rangers.

Rangers center Derick Brassard said after Thursday’€™s game against the Bruins that he was slew-footed by Brad Marchand during a second-period power play for the Rangers.

Marchand and Brassard were chasing a puck into the corner when it appeared that Marchand kicked Brassard in the right leg. No penalty was called on the play.

“Well yeah [I felt it was dirty],” Brassard said. “You go in the corner with him and you go shoulder-to-shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back. I felt I got a slew-foot there. Like I said, I don’€™t want to find any excuses about it or I don’€™t want to be a crybaby or anything, but it could be dangerous and it could have been a game-changer. It could have been a 5-on-3 and we probably could have been back in the game, but the referee said it was a clean hit, I guess.”

Brassard stayed in the game, but he said he considered himself fortunate to do so given how dangerous slew-footing can be.

“The way I fell on the ice, maybe I could have missed the rest of the season if I’€™d have hurt my knee there,’€ he said. “I’€™m lucky enough there. Marchand’€™s a pretty good player. He’€™s feisty, he competes hard, but those kind of things we don’€™t want in our game.”

Marchand was fined $2,500 for a slew-foot on Matt Niskanen back in December of 2011. He’€™s also been outspoken against such plays, as he called out Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner back during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand said back on Jan. 29, 2013, a day after Patrice Bergeron went after Skinner. “€œHe’€™s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’€™ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’€™s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.

“I remember I got a fine for that last year. It’€™s not a good play, it’€™s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’€™re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that.”

Marchand was not made available for comment after Thursday’€™s game.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins have started rewarding Tuukka Rask with some offense and, therefore, wins. On Thursday, the reigning Vezina winner returned the favor.

The Bruins have started rewarding Tuukka Rask with some offense and, therefore, wins. On Thursday, the reigning Vezina winner returned the favor.

Rask stopped three Rangers breakaways and recorded his second shutout of the season as the Bruins extended their season-best winning streak to five games with a 3-0 victory over the Rangers at TD Garden (box).

Boston got a pair of assists from Torey Krug. After Patrice Bergeron got Boston on the board in the first period with his 11th goal of the season, Krug sent a terrific slap pass from the point to the doorstep, where David Krejci tapped it past Cam Talbot for the Bruins’€™ lone goal of the second period. Krug fired a shot through traffic in the third period to create a Loui Eriksson rebound goal.

With the victory, the B’€™s improved to 24-15-6 on the season. Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

MARCHAND GETS AWAY WITH ONE

Brad Marchand was none too happy when he was called for a cross-check on Dan Boyle in the second period, but all things considered, he probably caught a break with officials on Thursday.

The veteran left wing was chasing a puck into the corner with Derick Brassard when Marchand appeared to kick Brassard’€™s right leg in an effort to take the player’€™s feet out from under. That’€™s known as a slew-foot to those in the business of spending players, and it’€™s extremely dangerous.

Marchand has been disciplined for a slew-foot before, as the league docked him $2,500 for a slew-foot on Matt Niskanen in December of the 2011-12 season. His lone suspension to date came the following month for a low-bridge hit on then-Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.

KELLY TO THE RESCUE AND TO THE BOX

Marchand isn’€™t the only player who could hear from the league after Thursday’€™s game. Chris Kreider threw Carl Soderberg head-first into the end boards in the third period, receiving a boarding minor and a non-negotiable invitation from Chris Kelly that earned both players fighting majors.

Kelly got the worse of the deal, however, as he also received an instigating minor and a 10-minute misconduct.

The incident marked the second time this season that Kelly has challenged another player after a hit he didn’€™t like, as he went after Andrew Shaw in December after the Blackhawks forward put a late hit on Milan Lucic as Lucic fed Torey Krug for a goal.

Soderberg stayed in the game following the hit from Kreider.

KREJCI LINE KEEPS GIVING AND HAS YET TO TAKETH AWAY

Torey Krug sent a well-executed slap-pass to David Krejci at the door step to set up an easy goal for Krejci in the first period, marking the fourth goal the line of Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak has scored since being united midway through the second period of Thursday’€™s win over the Lightning.

Just as good for the trio: it has yet to allow a goal in its one and a half games, meaning that on average the line has been nearly a plus-1 for every period it has played together.

CAMPBELL LINE HAS A GOOD GAME

Things have been rough enough for Gregory Campbell and his various linemates this season that it’€™s worth pointing out when they have a strong game. Tuesday was one of those not-too-common nights.

The line created multiple scoring chances over the first two periods, with Talbot making a big save on Daniel Paille in the second and the Rangers netminder having to rush back to his net after a turnover led to a quick shot from Campbell in the first period.

Campbell’€™s line has struggled throughout with puck possession, but Campbell, Paille and Craig Cunningham all had positive Corsis at even strength on the night.

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DJ Bean