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Marchand Suspended Two Games

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 2:25 PM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Marchand Suspended Two Games
NASHVILLE -- The Bruins will be without the services of Brad Marchand for the next two games as the forward was suspended for his second period hit on R.J. Umberger during Boston's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

"I understand where the leagues coming from. They really want to crack down on head hits right now," said Marchand after the B's optional morning skate. "Obviously I’m disappointed to have to miss a couple games."

Marchand said he had reviewed the hit.

"Yeah. I saw it a couple times," he said. "I did get him in the head and that wasn’t my intention. I was just trying to make contact.

"But that stuff happens in hockey. It’s a rough sport and sometimes things happen and you have you live with that."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said he had talked about the incident with Marchand.

"We already reviewed that together yesterday," said Julien. "We looked at it, because I wanted him to have a good view of what had happened there.

"I said, you know you’re going to be dealing with a phone call, so it’s important that you have a look at it, and understand it, and know what went through your mind when that happened.

"So yeah, it’s been looked at. It has been addressed," he said.

Julien said he was not surprised that his player was suspended.

"No, I think if I was to guess, after seeing what happened yesterday with the Dany Heatley situation, I expected it to be somewhere in the same vicinity," said Julien.

"Like we’ve said all along, you can’t be hypocritical," added the B's head coach. "If the whole league is saying they want to clean it up, then you can’t whine and complain every time they make a decision that goes against you.

"They looked at it, they thought it was worthy of a suspension, and we have to live with it.

"He’s got to learn from it, and if he learns from it, hopefully it won’t happen again," he said.

Going forward, Marchand said that he would try to play with his trademark grit.

"You can’t let it change your game, because that’s how I had to play to get here, that’s how I had to play to stay here," he said. "If I start changing things then maybe I won’t be as effective.

"It happens. It’s hockey. That stuff happens...especially with how fast guys are  and how big and strong guys are. It’s always going to be there.

"But the biggest thing is, you can’t be taking cheap shots and I think that’s where you have to draw a line. But it’s not going to affect my game.

"It’s not going to change the way I play," he said.

And for now, Marchand will concentrate on his game so he can be able to contribute when he returns to the lineup.

"It’s always frustrating when you have to watch your team play," said Marchand, "but I understand why.

"The biggest thing now is to regroup and make sure I’m ready when I can get back to action."

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