Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been suspended for five games for an elbowing incident from late in last night’s game against New Jersey, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced (video link). This represents the maximum number of games he could have received after participating in a phone hearing this afternoon. This will keep the 29-year-old, who leads Boston in scoring this season with 50 points (21-29-50) in 38 games, out of the lineup until February 8th.
Devils winger Marcus Johansson was the victim of the elbow and has already been diagnosed with a concussion, his second of the season. There is no timetable yet on how long he will be out of the lineup.
Marchand will still be eligible to participate in this weekend’s All-Star Game, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link). He is classified as a repeat offender as this is the sixth suspension of his career and as a result, he will forfeit just over $373K that will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Winger Anders Bjork was made a late scratch for Boston’s farm team in advance of their game tonight and the Bruins have announced that he has been recalled from AHL Providence on an emergency basis. Although they didn’t have a roster spot opened up with this suspension, they can create an opening on the 23-man roster by transferring defenseman Charlie McAvoy (abnormal heart rhythm) to injured reserve.
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