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Brad Marchand’s dirty hit on Sami Salo will get him suspended

Sami Salo, Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand, right, trips Vancouver Canucks’ Sami Salo, left, in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Marchand was penalized for tripping. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Today’s Bruins-Canucks game has had a smorgasbord of things to analyze from fights to penalties to goals, but Brad Marchand made sure that Brendan Shanahan gets something to look at as well.

Late in the second period, Marchand went low to deliver a check to Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. Instead of just delivering a hip check, Marchand went low to Salo’s knees to take him out. Salo went down and out of the game with an injury while Marchand was kicked out of the game and given a five-minute major for clipping.

One interesting note here is that Marchand was not assessed a match penalty for intent to injure. With Marchand going that low on Salo, it’s hard to think of what he was actually trying to do other than be a destructive instrument of chaos.