Brad Marchand should probably expect another call from Brendan Shanahan in the near future.
In what was a chippy and penalty-filled affair between the Bruins and Canadiens on Wednesday night -- is there any other kind of meeting between them? -- Marchand was called for a two-minute minor for clipping Alexei Emelin. If that sounds familiar, it should. He was suspended five games earlier this season for clipping Canucks forward Sami Salo.
Here's a look at the play in question from this week.
Under most circumstances, this probably wouldn't warrant much attention from the league. But considering Marchand just recently was punished for breaking the same rule and the league frowns upon repeat offenders, this should at the least get a phone call.
In this case Marchand doesn't have much of a defense for going low, there was no threat of a hit coming from Emelin in this case. There's little doubt that he went very low, making plenty of contact below the waist on the check. But Emelin wasn't hurt on the play like Salo was and I suppose Marchand could say that it was just him slamming on the brakes.
Marchand is one of those players who plays on a fine line at all times and will cross it now and again. He admitted that he has to be reeled in from time to time. At the least, I'd expect Shanahan to do just that in this case if not more.
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