Marchand avoids suspension for hit on Emelin

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Marchand avoids suspension for hit on Emelin

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's chief of discipline, announced via Twitter Thursday afternoon that Brad Marchand would not be suspended for his hit on Alexei Emelin in the Bruins' 4-3 shootout victory over the Canadiens Wednesday night.

"Like all penalties on the ice, not all 'clips' rise to the level of supplemental discipline," said Shanahan. "This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thighhip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but there will be no supplemental discipline."

Earlier Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he didn't think Marchand deserved a suspension.

My eyes saw Marchands butt hit the other guys butt," said Julien. "Clipping and a suspension is going after a guys knees. Thats the way I saw it and Im hoping the league sees it the same way."

They did.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.