Bruins' Brad Marchand suspended 2 games for spearing

Bruins' Brad Marchand suspended 2 games for spearing

Why is this, you may ask?

It's because Yzerman's trades opened positions for younger players to fill that the Lightning had a resurgence, and made many in the National Hockey League look over their shoulders and pray that Tampa Bay wouldn't make the postseason.

Marchand was disciplined for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin in the groin during Boston's 4-0 victory on Tuesday. Lightning trainer Tom Mulligan tended to Dotchin, who remained on the ice for several minutes before skating off on his own. Unfortunately, we're pretty certain there were some residual effects from Marchand's classless act. Tampa Bay had small surges of offensive possession during the second and third periods, but nothing they did had any effect on Tuukka Rask or the rest of the Bruins.

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First and foremost, the Bruins will have to forge on without Marchand - one of their best and most consistent players all season - as they jockey for playoff positioning in the East's playoff picture.

Brad Marchand was it again on Tuesday. We'll come back to this in a moment.

In announcing the penalty, the NHL Department of Player Safety said that stick infractions happen frequently in the league and are usually handled with on-ice penalties but that Marchand's situation was different.

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At the same time, there is something a little disconcerting about their announcement. This is not light contact. The first is against the Lightning, who are only four points behind the Bruins with a game in hand. What makes it so frustrating is that we all wanted to believe that Marchand had fully grown up this season.

For the longest time, Boston's resident rat, agitator, uberpest - pick your poisonous word - Brad Marchand has been like an alley cat with nine lives.

Earlier this season Marchand was suspended for slew-footing Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

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"The most important thing is we're in the playoffs and, regardless of who we have to play, we have to do the job". The Bruins were playing for the opportunity to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in three years, while the Lightning were looking to close the gap in an effort to earn the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Ironically enough, it was Stralman who ended up in the box when all was said and done.

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