The old Brad Marchand reared his ugly head the other night against Tampa Bay.
And the new Brad Marchand will be out for the Boston Bruins final two regular season games because of it.
Marchand speared Tampa defenceman Jake Dotchin right in the groin during Boston’s 4-0 victory over the Lightning Tuesday night. He got a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his actions and today, in a hearing with the Department of Player Safety, he was slapped with a two-game suspension.
It’s a bit of a blow for the Bruins, who have clinched a playoff spot, but are still jockeying for playoff position in the Atlantic Division. They have key games against Ottawa Thursday night (and who they are tied with at 94 points) and then play in their season-ender against Washington, who they hope to avoid in a first round match-up by moving up.
However, they will be without their leading scorer Marchand, who seemed to have cleaned up his act (relatively) this season. He sits tied for fourth overall in NHL scoring with 39 goals and 46 assists, and now ends his season with his best stats by a wide margin.
A repeat offender — which factored into the DPS decision — Marchand forfeits over $100,000 US in salary.