Brad Marchand Doesn’t Expect NHL Discipline for Hit on Scott Gomez


March 24, 2011

BOSTON — Brad Marchand was sent to the penalty box for roughing midway through the third period on Thursday night for his crushing hit on Scott Gomez. Despite the league's crackdown on hits to the head, Marchand said he doesn't expect to face any discipline from the league office.

In fact, he doesn't even think he deserved a penalty.

"I didn't even think it was a penalty, let alone something to be worried about," Marchand said after the Bruins' 7-0 win over Montreal. "As far as I know, it's a good hit."

Marchand was suspended on March 17 for two games for his elbow to the head of R.J. Umberger, and though he was a first-time offender, he'll likely have the league's eyes on him. Marchand finished the game with an assist — his 17th of the season — and a plus-2 rating. Greg Campbell scored for the Bruins less than a minute later, with the Canadiens on a two-man advantage.

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