Those hoping for a suspension for Brandon Prust’s blatant, dirty spear to the groin of Brad Marchand in the third period of Saturday night’s 4-0 Bruins win over the Vancouver Canucks are going to be disappointed.
Prust was done for the night after earning a 10-minute misconduct for skating up to Marchand and spearing him between the legs far away from the puck with 1:53 remaining in the third period and the game already well in hand.
Marchand stayed down on the ice in clear pain for long seconds after the play, but made it onto the ice for one more shift after the spearing incident, which he described to reporters as Prust getting him "in the fun spot." While no final decision had been made by the NHL Player Safety Department on Saturday night, a source indicated to CSNNE.com that a fine was the most likely outcome for the Canucks' energy forward.
In addition to Milan Lucic getting fined $5,000 for spearing Danny DeKeyser to the groin during the playoffs a couple of years ago, the recent precedent has been a fine for any player spearing an opponent to the groin. For example, Brian Gionta was fined $2,284.95 by the NHL for spearing Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki at the end of October for an incident that earned the Sabres' forward a major penalty and a game ejection.
Above and beyond the fine that appears to be coming, it was a surprisingly dirty move for Prust, who has been largely a very clean and honest player throughout an NHL career in New York, Montreal and now Vancouver in which he's served as an enforcer. Zac Rinaldo did a good job of getting Derek Dorsett to answer the bell in the moments following the Prust spear, a sign that Marchand’s Bruins teammates would stand up for him after a pretty brazen incident.