The NHL apparently has reviewed Brad Marchand's late-game punch, and Columbus Blue Jackets fans won't like what they found.
The Boston Bruins forward isn't expected to face supplemental discipline for his swipe at Columbus' Scott Harrington in Tuesday's Game 3, The Athletic's Aaron Portzline reported Wednesday morning.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety has yet to issue a statement on Marchand's hit, but many were calling for the Bruins star to be suspended considering his history of dirty plays.
Portzline noted that players aren't fined during the playoffs because they aren't paid in the postseason, so the only two options for Marchand are a suspension or no discipline.
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Boston will need Marchand on the ice for Game 4 on Thursday after Tuesday's loss dropped them into a 2-1 hole in their second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.
UPDATE (11:15 a.m. ET): Marchand won't be suspended for his punch on Harrington, TSN's Darren Dreger confirmed.
As @Aportzline reported, no discipline will be handed out to Boston's Brad Marchand. I will buck the media majority. The punch, as greasy as it was, wasn't forceful enough to warrant supplemental discipline. Should have been a penalty.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 1, 2019
Sportsnet's John Shannon added the Bruins will deal with the incident "internally."
NHL will not be adding any Supp. Discipline for Brad Marchand after last night. But rest assured, the Bruins will deal with his antics, just as they did with the licking episodes during the 2018 playoffs. This will be dealt with internally. #StanleyCupPlayoffs— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) May 1, 2019
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