That Brad Marchand has re-emerged.
The Bruins forward has justifiably garnered himself quite an escape-artist reputation after years of rat-like activity, and he’ll once again avoid discipline for this cheap jab on Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington:
In the clip, you see Marchand slowly approach Harrington from behind during a stoppage before glancing at the referee to make sure he isn’t looking and delivering a short, quick punch to the back on the CBJ blue-liner’s head before casually skating away. He avoided even a minor penalty for the shot.
Harrington seemed a little shaken up — more stunned than anything — but stayed in the game and reportedly didn’t suffer an injury as a result of the slippery jab to the dome, which is likely a main factor in the NHL taking a pass on this one.
Prompted by reporters Wednesday for a response on the incident, Marchand didn’t seem too concerned about it:
Marchand called Harrington punch “unnecessary” but doesn’t regret it. “It’s playoff hockey,” and he said DeBrusk was taking punches from two CBJs
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) May 1, 2019
The punch, which occurred with just over a minute left in the third period in Game 3 with the Bruins down 2-1, set Hockey Twitter ablaze but wasn’t dangerous enough to warrant any suspension or fines from the DOPS, according to several reports.
Marchand has been suspended six different times in his career for a total of 19 games and fined three times for on-ice behaviour. He’s also notoriously avoided suspensions for several past controversial incidents including cross-checks, slew-foots and licking people in the face, of course.
The Bruins-Jackets series resumes Wednesday in Columbus with Boston trailing the best-of-seven series 2-1.
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