Update: Anton Volchenkov got four.
Yesterday I tweeted this:
I’d just like to point out that I haven’t woke up to a debate about a hit in a couple weeks, which has been pretty neato. Gooooo NHL.
— Justin (@jtbourne) April 10, 2013
So here we are today.
Anton Volchenkov has a phone hearing today after his elbow to Brad Marchand, so hey, let’s talk about it.
The Boston Bruins win the faceoff and dump the puck in. It wraps around to Brad Marchand (just as their team drew that up, I’d like to add, but this shouldn’t be under “facts,” because I’m assuming. Ahem), who is going to be the first Bruin on the puck. Devils’ defenseman sees this, and goes to lay a hit on Marchand as the puck comes around. Marchand sees that coming, and starts to pull away from the hit to avoid getting smunched. Volchenkov carries on up-and-through with his elbow, catching Marchand in the brain-holder. Marchand left the game and did not return.
Tough to call that anything but a suspendable play, so let’s just get that out of the way. I’ve seen worse, but when a guy sees a hit coming and is actively trying to avoid the contact and a guy goes out of his way to make sure he still inflicts some pain, he should be in some trouble. I think he’s looking at 2-3 games in the press box.
In the comments, we’d love to hear if you think this was a malicious play, a hockey play, or something totally different. The caveat: as always with “Court of Public Opinion” posts, you have to honestly list your favourite team (I have no dog in the fight as an Isles guy). That doesn’t mean if you’re a Bruins fan and you think it was vicious and terrible that your opinion will be immediately discounted. I just think it helps with context.