The Boston Bruins will be without Brad Marchand for the next three games.
On Monday afternoon, the NHL imposed a three-game suspension for a slap kick on Sunday night against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver-Ekman Larsson.
Marchand and Ekman-Larsson were both skating for a free puck fighting for position. The Bruins forward started contact with his upper body before sweeping Ekman-Larsson’s left leg.
“These actions bring Ekman-Larsson dangerously onto the ice,” the NHL said in a video detailing the suspension. “It is important to note that there are many occasions during a game where players use their legs or stick and upper body to restrain or hamper their opponents or to position themselves in a puck fight. .
“When these games reach the level of illegality, the majority of them can be adequately punished by in-game penalties. What brings this game to the level of extra discipline is the use by Marchand of his use of his upper and lower body to take Ekman-Larsson onto the ice in a dangerous manner.
Marchand has been suspended six times in his 822 career games, notes the NHL, adding that one of them was for kicking.
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