WILMINGTON, Mass. Brad Marchand probably knew it was coming, just as the NHL agitator knew hed be dropping the gloves with Matt Niskanen right afterward.
Marchands obvious slew-foot of the Penguins defenseman behind the Pittsburgh net has earned him the maximum 2,500 fine assessed by the NHL a week after the incident took place at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.
Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty for the slew-foot and served a five-minute major for fighting Niskanen when the Pittsburgh defenseman came after him following the borderline play. Its actually surprising that a heavier penalty wasnt assessed to Marchand at the time, and the young rabble-rousing forward has now been fined and suspended by the league in his first two NHL seasons.
That is, as they say, putting yourself on the NHLs radar for the next time Marchand goes over the line with his edgy play.
BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss.
Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season.
The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net.
Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch.
Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.
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