It looks like the Boston Bruins found themselves on the right side of the law with the Department of Player Safety on Tuesday night.
There is no hearing scheduled for B’s agitator Brad Marchand after his boarding hit on Calgary’s Sean Monahan that took place during Boston’s 2-0 win over Calgary at TD Garden.
Marchand saw Monahan’s numbers on the back of his jersey behind the Calgary net, and hit the 19-year-old with a shove to his back that drove the Flames youngster face-first into the boards.
A league source told CSNNE.com that there is no hearing scheduled for Marchand with the NHL Department of Player Safety, and it doesn’t appear there is going to be one.
Marchand was assessed a two-minute minor penalty on the hit, and clearly could have hit Monahan with more violence going into the boards if he had bad intent on his mind.
Monahan spoke with reporters following Tuesday night’s game, and appeared to be okay following the hit while finishing out the game for Calgary.
Some of the Flames players, specifically Curtis Glencross, who went after Marchand following the hit, had a problem with the play, but Claude Julien didn’t see anything that rose to suspension levels in a run-of-the-mill boarding infraction.
“I look at that hit and it’s a two-minute penalty. I don’t think he was going in there looking to injure the guy,” said Julien. “He was going to hit him and the guy turned and he got a deserved a two-minute penalty.
“But that’s as much as it is. I don’t want us to start thinking that everything Brad [Marchand] does is bad. It’s a two minute [penalty] like a lot of other two minute [penalties]. Not any worse than all the high sticks our guys took to the face tonight. He took the two minutes, went to the box and served it.”
And as far as the NHL is concerned, that’s all that Marchand will serve.
Marchand had been suspended twice in his career headed into this season.