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Bruins winger Brad Marchand was suspended for five games by the NHL on Monday for his low hit on Vancover’s Sami Salo during Saturday afternoon’s Stanley Cup rematch.
“As the video shows, Marchand skates towards Salo along the boards,” Shanahan said in a video posted on the league’s website. “Rather than deliver a shoulder-to-shoulder check, Marchand drops down dangerously low into Salo’s knee area, propelling Salo up and over, causing an injury.”
Does the punishment fit the crime?
Shanahan later added that the hit “was a predatory, low hit delivered intentionally by Marchand in order to flip his opponent over him.”
Predatory may be a strong word, but Shanahan is accurate. It definitely was a suspendable hit. But, is five games fair though? What do you think?