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Bruins star Marchand suspended 3 games by NHL for slew-footing

Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand has been suspended three games by the National Hockey League for slew-footing an opponent.Marchand committed the offense against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson just over a minute into Sunday’s Bruins-Canucks game at TD Garden.According to USA Hockey, slew-footing is the act of a player using their leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet out from under them. This is done by pushing an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow at the same time using a forward motion of his leg causing the opponent to fall to the ice.Video from the NHL Department of Player Safety shows Marchand and Ekman-Larsson skating toward the sideboards with speed in pursuit of a loose puck, jockeying for position as they approach the wall.Marchand engaged Ekman-Larsson with his upper body, pulling the defender backward as he simultaneously extends his right leg to use his leverage in taking Ekman-Larsson down. This caused Ekman-Larsson to fall dangerously to the ice.The Department of Player Safety said it is important to note that there are many occasions during the course of a game where players use either their legs, or their stick and upper body, to restrain or impede opponents, or to gain leverage during a puck battle.When these plays rise to the level of being illegal, the vast majority of them can be adequately punished with in-game penalties. Marchand was not penalized for this particular action by the officials during Sunday’s game.According to the Department of Player Safety, Marchand’s use of both his upper and lower body to take Ekman-Larsson to the ice in a dangerous fashion, and the speed at which the players were traveling toward the boards, is what caused the play to rise to the level of supplemental discipline.Marchand has been suspended six times in his 822-game NHL career, all with the Bruins, including a previous suspension for slew-footing.He scored one goal and notched one assist in the third period of Boston’s 3-2 comeback victory over Vancouver.Under the terms of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Marchand will forfeit $91,875. The forfeited money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand has been suspended three games by the National Hockey League for slew-footing an opponent.

Marchand committed the offense against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson just over a minute into Sunday’s Bruins-Canucks game at TD Garden.

According to USA Hockey, slew-footing is the act of a player using their leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet out from under them. This is done by pushing an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow at the same time using a forward motion of his leg causing the opponent to fall to the ice.

Video from the NHL Department of Player Safety shows Marchand and Ekman-Larsson skating toward the sideboards with speed in pursuit of a loose puck, jockeying for position as they approach the wall.

Marchand engaged Ekman-Larsson with his upper body, pulling the defender backward as he simultaneously extends his right leg to use his leverage in taking Ekman-Larsson down. This caused Ekman-Larsson to fall dangerously to the ice.

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Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand (63) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo)

The Department of Player Safety said it is important to note that there are many occasions during the course of a game where players use either their legs, or their stick and upper body, to restrain or impede opponents, or to gain leverage during a puck battle.

When these plays rise to the level of being illegal, the vast majority of them can be adequately punished with in-game penalties. Marchand was not penalized for this particular action by the officials during Sunday’s game.

According to the Department of Player Safety, Marchand’s use of both his upper and lower body to take Ekman-Larsson to the ice in a dangerous fashion, and the speed at which the players were traveling toward the boards, is what caused the play to rise to the level of supplemental discipline.

Marchand has been suspended six times in his 822-game NHL career, all with the Bruins, including a previous suspension for slew-footing.

He scored one goal and notched one assist in the third period of Boston’s 3-2 comeback victory over Vancouver.

Under the terms of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Marchand will forfeit $91,875. The forfeited money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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