The Boston Bruins have the reputation of being a tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar team. In a physical sport, they've always been one of the more physical teams in the league. But there is a fine line between being physical, and being dirty. And the Bruins' Brad Marchand leaped across that line on Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
@NHL if Brad Marchand is not deserving of a suspension for punching a player in the back of the head then no one should ever be suspended. In Florida, this is called misdemeanor battery. He is a disgusting example of an NHL player. pic.twitter.com/1Mwnj8CWqD— Kenny Petrillo (@Ken_Sirens) May 1, 2019
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Brad Marchand has a problem, and he needs to be reprimanded yet again. If the NHL's Department of Player Safety doesn’t suspend him, then it has become an enabler for his behavior. https://t.co/rXImxvjlef— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) May 1, 2019
Marchand wasn't penalized because the referees' attention was not directed toward the punch with a minute left in regulation. But while not having to head to the penalty box in crunch time, Marchand deserves a fine or suspension for his actions. It may not even come as a surprise to him, as he's been suspended six times in his career already. If suspended, he could be a big loss for his Bruins, as he leads his team with a playoff-high nine points.
Marchand's team was unable to overcome the one-goal deficit in the final minute, leading to their defeat in Game 3 in Ohio's capital, and now trail 2-1 in the series. Game 4 will be held on May 2, with or without Marchand.