Marchand recorded two assists, two shots and a plus-1 rating in 23:15 of ice time during a 3-2 loss to the Senators in Game 6 of the first round Sunday. Ottawa won the series, 4-2. The 28-year-old scored the game-winner in Game 1 of the series, but he was relatively quiet until Sunday, scoring a lone assist in Game 5. Despite a lack of scoring though, Marchand was still heavily involved with 13 shots in the final three games. Marchand has continued to get better with age and tallied a career-best 39 goals and 85 points in 80 games this season. The 28-year-old has never averaged more than a point per game previously, so it will be interesting to see if he can repeat that feat in 2017-18.
Marchand scored the game-winning goal in the third period of Game 1 against Ottawa on Wednesday. Considering the postseason and international accomplishments on his resume, it shouldn't have been surprising that Marchand clinched Wednesday's game, especially after his incredible regular season. Until he shows otherwise, continue to view Marchand as a go-to fantasy asset in all settings.
Marchand was handed a two-game suspension for spearing Thursday. In an entirely unsurprising decision, Marchand will have to sit out the remainder of the regular season. The Bruins have already secured a playoff berth, but Marchand's absence is a blow in their push to finish as the second- or third-place team in the Atlantic Division, which would prevent them from meeting the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals in the first round. From a personal standpoint, Marchand will be denied a chance to reach the 40-goal plateau, as he's currently sitting on 39. This incident and the resulting suspension combine for an unfortunate end to the 2016-17 regular season for Marchand, as he set career highs in scoring and largely stayed out of trouble this year. With Marchand missing, expect Frank Vatrano to enter the lineup and Matt Beleskey to play on the team's first power-play unit.
Marchand has a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning as the result of spearing Tampa Bay's Jake Dotchin in the groin Tuesday. Marchand picked up a five-minute major penalty and an automatic tossing due to game misconduct. The prolific points machine has literally skated on thin ice with the league in terms of questionable behavior -- four separate suspensions and three incidents resulting in fines since March of 2011 -- so that could be factored into the league's decision on whether to suspend him. However, he's a popular player who ranks among the scoring leaders with 39 goals, so that could end up working in his favor.
Marchand was ejected late in the first period of Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay after spearing defenseman Jake Dotchin. This was the Marchand of old -- the one with the screw loose that you just can't trust. Marchand hadn't registered a shot on the night and had two giveaways. His four-game scoring streak was snapped.
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