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Bruins Forward Brad Marchand Does Not Receive Suspension


According to the NHL's head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not receive a suspension for his hit on Alexei Emelin which issued him a two-minute minor penalty in last night's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Shanahan noted that the NHL "doesn't like the hit" but it's not a suspendable hit because it was targeting the hip/thigh instead of the knees.

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Marchand was suspended a month ago after clipping Vancouver forward Sami Salo--an offense that was worth a five-game suspension. However, his hit on Wednesday night was not foul-play according to the league and he is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday to play against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Emelin was not seriously injured in the play, and the penalty was called at the 20 minute mark of the second period. The Bruins went on to win the game 4-3 in a shootout, taking the season series 4-2.

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