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Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 4:40 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Boston Bruins had not one but two players assessed game misconducts in Saturday's very combative Stanley Cup Final rematch loss to the Vancouver Canucks. One of those -- to Milan Lucic -- was rescinded by the NHL. The other one handed to Brad Marchand for clipping has led to a hearing with the NHL.

In a game that had numerous fights, hits and dustups, Marchand's hit on Sami Salo was the worst. With the two on a colision course, Marchand elected to play his own version of the limbo and see how low he could go. He connected with Salo right around his knees, flipping Salo head over heels and hitting the ice with his head.

Take note, too, of the leadup to the hit from Marchand. You see the two players bumped into each other then Marchand threw a couple of jabs at Salo before undercutting him. It doesn't help his case in arguing that it wasn't intentional.

It is a bit interesting that in today's league where teams like the Florida Panthers are listing concussed players as being out with bruised tailbones that the Canucks wasted no time in announcing that Salo did, indeed, suffer a concussion from the hit.

Remember too that Marchand has a discipline past on his short resume already. Earlier this season he was fined for slew-footing Matt Niskanen and last season he was given two games for elbowing R.J. Umberger in the head. We've seen a few times this season how Brendan Shanahan treats repeat offenders.

We know this much, the Canucks weren't happy about it at all.

“You talk about unacceptable plays in hockey,” GM Mike Gillis told the Vancouver Sun, “that's clearly one. I'm not going to comment any further.”

But of course defenseman Kevin Bieksa did. He's always good for an opinion on anything involving his teammates, it seems.

“It's very, very cheap,” Bieksa said. “I can't think of a cheaper hit you can do on the ice. That and a slew-foot kind of go hand in hand. Twenty seconds before that, [Marchand] and Sami have a pretty good collision in the exact same spot. Sami probably gets the better of him. Then second time, Marchand comes back and loses his will and goes down low. A cheap shot from him, and I hope he gets a phone call from the league.”

He is. That's how his hearing will be conducted, over the phone, meaning Marchand's suspension won't exceed four games.

Even the coaches are getting into it. Here's a little back and forth between Claude Julien and Alain Vigneault from the Sun.

“If guys start protecting themselves the way Marchand did, maybe guys will stop taking runs at other guys,” Julien told reporters, “because that's the consequences – you end up paying for taking runs at other guys, too.”

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault was not amused.

"That's a stupid comment," he said Sunday. "What Marchant did, you could end a player's career doing that. I've never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL.

"Marchand -- and this is just my feeling -- but someday he's going to get it. Someday, someone's going to say 'enough is enough' and they're going to hurt the kid because he plays to hurt players. And if the league doesn't care, somebody else will."

Marchand addressed the possible suspension on Sunday with reporters, explaining that he was protecting himself when he saw Salo coming his way.

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:23 am
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

Hip check.. why is this one different that any of these that D.Cherry is raving about???
Because in todays game even when you complete a clean check you have 2-3 players from the other team trying to fight you cause they thought it was dirty. In most of the hits in that video you see the guy that gets hit just adjust his helmet and keep playing. Nobody stops to start screaming that it was a cheap shot or low blow. Somehow the NHL has gone from jock straps to sports bras.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

What are you a soccer player. Hip checks are not now, nor have they ever been illegal. Watch the video, Marchand is clearly dodging a hit by Salo. He bends at the waist. He doesn't bend his knees any further than they are for normal skating. He contacts Salo in the high thigh area, just below the butt. Salo is 6'3" and Marchand is 5'9". The mismatch is their size is the only reason that Salo gets the worst of it. Show me the rule that says any player must stand up and get drilled by a check. NO such rule!. Players are free to avoid a hit if they are able to. This is clearly a clean hit by current rules.

That being said, if you want them to change the rules so that all hits below the waist are illegal then why don't you say so. Until then go out and learn the game. HIp checks are legal and clean hits as are avoiding getting hit. The cheap plays are things like butt ending, spearing, and other stick work, along with blindside hits and elbowing, all of which are also illegal in their own right.



Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:05 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

Wow. Bullgod's Hipcheck video has changed my opinion. If those hits are all legal, Marchand's hit is fine. I mean the rules have changed, but several of those were far worse than what Salo got. Unbelievable.

Funniest part is that I heard a clip of Cherry destroying Marchand on the radio this morning. Probably from HNIC. D-bag.



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

Hip check.. why is this one different that any of these that D.Cherry is raving about???

 



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

Why is this any different than anyother hip check? It was Salo who turned his back. It was ill enought the bruins got robbed of a victory as the only way Van. could win is with a man advantage!



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

HAHA Love the quietness of the Pittsburg fans also cricket!!



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

And fully proven when one of the Sedins stepped off of the ice during the fight four minutes into the game while Lucic turned around and went straight into the pile.  I know the Sedins aren't fighters but how can you literally turn your back on a pileup in front of your own bench? 



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

What gets me is, okay it was a low hit, Salo's down and all the Canuck players are just standing around doing absolutely nothing at trying to get back at Marchand. Toughness, grit and having each others back is what won the Bruins the championship last year. Vancouver will never win a cup with this wimpy line-up, they will turtle once the game gets too rough for them.

Just my opinion



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

If this is suspendible then Ballard should have been suspended on multiple occasions.  Do a YouTube search for Ballard hip check McGinn and you'll see an even more viscous hit than this one.  Ballard hit the back of McGinn's knee just like Marchand did to Salo.



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Marchand has hearing for clipping; Salo concussed

Mess I Serouisly Doubt any one is gonna beat Marchand who can hold his own fighting , and if  another team sends a Goon after him . I Think Thornton or Chara would have something to say about that  !


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