Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins forward, suspended 5 games for elbowing Marcus Johansson

Ross Houston
January 25, 2018

The league announced Wednesday night that Marchand will be suspended five games for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson Tuesday night.

The hit knocked Johansson out of the game.

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak congratulates center Danton Heinen on his goal as Ottawa Senators goaltender Mike Condon waits in the crease during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday Jan. 25 2018 in Ottawa Ontario

No penalty was called on the play.

The NHL ruled Marchand's elbow was not accidental nor defensive.


That's because Brad Marchand was handed a five-game suspension from the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, extending a long rap sheet for the 29-year-old winger.

Despite the suspension, Marchand still will be able to participate in the NHL All-Star Game as well as all of the weekend's events, the NHL told ESPN. "I have no idea what happened", Marchand, known as one of the dirtiest players in the National Hockey League, told reporters after the game via Andrew Gross of northjersey.com. Brought over to be a part of the offensive revolution in New Jersey, Johansson has just 14 points in 29 games.


If the league upholds the length of the suspension, Marchand will not be eligible to return to the ice until the team travels to take on the New York Rangers on February 7. Boston has earned at least a point in each of its past 17 games (13-0-4). Thornton needs an MRI exam to determine whether he needs surgery, general manager Doug Wilson said. Because of his late withdrawal, Quick must sit out one regular-season game.


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