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Brad Marchand was suspended for two games by the NHL on Thursday for his behind-the-back hit on Blue Jacket R.J. Umberger on Tuesday night. Marchand skated behind Umberger and elbowed him in the back of the head. Was it a suspendable hit? In my opinion, absolutely.
“I understand where the league’s coming from,” Marchand told the AP. “They really want to crack down on head hits right now. Obviously, I’m disappointed to have to miss a couple games. It’s always frustrating when you have to watch your team play. But I understand why. And the biggest thing now is you have to regroup and make sure I’m ready for when I can get back in action.”
You be the judge. Watch the hit here: