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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand tested the patience of the NHL Department of Player Safety again on Tuesday, but not to the breaking point.
Late last week, Marchand escaped a suspension for slew footing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The NHL DPS called it a ¡°dangerous trip¡± and handed him a $10,000 fine.
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Marchand went on to play in the NHL All-Star Game over the weekend. On Tuesday, Marchand pulled an eerily similar move on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.
Sportsnet reporter Elliott Friedman said on Wednesday the DPS would not bring down any punishment on Marchand.
Hearing no discipline for Brad Marchand. Going towards puck, not seen as intentional like Kronwall play from last week.
In an ironic twist of fate, Stralman was penalized for tripping Bruins winger David Pastrnak just moments later. Marchand was not penalized for his play on Stralman, however.
Stralman seemed to imply to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times that he wasn¡¯t happy with the play.
When asked if he thought Marchand should have been called for a penalty, Stralman said, “I can’t say. There’s contact and I fall. I can’t say if he did anything or not, but I’m not the puck holder. I’m out in the neutral zone, and I get hit from behind. That’s all I got to say.”
In addition to his fine last week, Marchand has been fined for roughing in the past. The DPS mentioned his exhaustive slew-footing history when they suspended him in 2015, 11 months after the last time Marchand was suspended for slew-footing.