Brad Marchand “remorseful” after getting 6 game suspension
Boston Bruins bad boy and star forward Brad Marchand was hit with the longest suspension of his career. The NHL issued a 6 game ban for his actions late in Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Marchand punched Jarry in the head during a scrum in front of the Pittsburgh net with 25 seconds left. Later, while being restrained by an official, the 33-year-old forward shoved his stick into Jarry’s mask.
Marchand received a match penalty and a roughing minor. A match penalty triggers an automatic suspension, which came down on Wednesday.
Brad Marchand suspended 6 games
“I just think, same as last night, ‘Marsh’ just has to have control of his emotions in that situation,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Brad is remorseful… can’t unwind it. The damage has been done.”
Marchand did not speak to reporters after the game. Jarry said it was “part of the game.”
“I think it just stays on the ice,” Jarry added.
Marchand has now been suspended eight times for a total of 28 games during his 13-year career. He received a three-game suspension in November for slew-footing Vancouver’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Previous to this 6 game ban, he received two five-game suspensions. One was for clipping Canucks’ Sami Salo in 2012, and the other was for an elbow to the Devils” Marcus Johansson in 2018.
“This one, yes, he lost his discipline,” Cassidy said via NHL.com. “No doubt. We’ll sit down. … We’ve had our share of sit-downs over the years. I think Brad’s been doing a pretty good job for the most part with controlling his emotions.”
Marchand leads Boston with 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists) in 39 games. He has 764 points (340 goals, 424 assists) and 864 penalty minutes in 843 career games with the Bruins.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report