Marchand suspended two games for spear

Beth Cruz
April 13, 2017

Marchand drew a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct at 19:20 of the first period Tuesday night.

No. 8 comes Thursday morning, when he will be asked to explain why he chose to viciously ram his stick between the legs of Tampa Bay's Jake Dotchin into the most sensitive of areas.

While spearing incidents have usually led to fines and other forms of discipline, suspensions are not usually doled out for the infraction.

Hockey is the ultimate team sport in the sense that by design, no player is bigger than their club and the best teams are the ones that have all their players sacrificing themselves (blocking shots, not chasing stats, etc.) for the betterment of the group. "There's no question about that", Marchand said after the game.

As it stands, Tampa Bay sits four points back of Boston for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, but with a win on Tuesday, the Lightning will be within two points of the Bruins while maintaining a single game in hand. The Western Conference teams have all clinched so far, making the end of the season rather boring on the West coast.

"We got nothing out of it". "You don't have to score on it, but you've got to turn the tide of the game and we didn't".

It's for that reason that Marchand needs to stop taking these ill-advised penalties. In the process, Anderson earned shutout number five on the season and helped Ottawa put an end to a five game slide that has come at the worse time of the year. "It could have cost the team a very important game, but the guys did a great job of rallying and having a huge game".

NOTES: Boston C Patrice Bergeron went 17-0 on faceoffs.

NBCSN will present an Atlantic Division clash between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

After tonight, Boston will square off against two tough opponents in the Ottawa Senators - more on them in a second - and the Washington Capitals.

Sitting out the final two games of the regular season will prevent Marchand from becoming the first Boston player to score 40 goals since Glen Murray in 2003. Curtis McElhinney finished with 34 saves for the Maple Leafs, who lost for just the second time in nine games.

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