The NHL has notified Bruins winger Brad Marchand that he will have a hearing Monday to determine if he will be fined or suspended for the five-minute major for clipping and game misconduct he was assessed in Boston's 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.
Marchand claims he was trying to protect himself from a potentially dangerous hit from Canucks defenseman Sami Salo when he went down low to upend Salo, who was injured on the play and is day-to-day. Bruins coach Claude Julien backed up Marchand's position following the game.
“I did go under him,” Marchand told the media Sunday. “But I felt the base contact was about his hip point. That’s usually a pretty legal hit from what I’ve seen in the past. I have no idea how the league feels about it. I guess we’ll see.”
Marchand has already been fined $2,500 this season, for a slew-foot on Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen in December, and received a two-game suspension for an elbow to the head of RJ Umberger last season, so his history could be a factor in determining any discipline.
The hearing will be conducted via telephone, meaning Marchand will not be suspended for more than five games.