February 16, 2012

Marchand off hook; Peverley back to Boston

By Jesse Connolly

With the final ticks counting down in the second period of Boston's 4-3 victory over Montreal on Wednesday, it looked like it might've been here-we-go-again time for Brad Marchand.

The 5-foot-8 winger skated into the corner down in Montreal's end and went low on defenseman Alexei Emelin, earning his second clipping penalty of the calendar year. Emelin was not hurt on the play and, unlike the last incident in which Marchand took out Sami Salo, the penalty was merely a two-minute minor.

Nevertheless, No. 63 and the Bruins can breathe a sigh of relief. League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan took to Twitter to let the world know that no further action would be taken against Marchand.

"Like all penalties on the ice, not all 'clips' rise to the level of supplemental discipline," Shanahan wrote. "This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thigh/hip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but not SD."

In his previous ten games, Marchand had been on his best behavior since returning from the five-game ban Shanahan handed him for his hit on Salo, racking up just two penalty minutes.

Peverley back in Boston 

Widely overlooked in Wednesday's win, notably by Mr. Shanahan, was Hal Gill's dangerous and seemingly intentional, knee-on-knee hit on Rich Peverley. 

Gill (Bolton, Mass.) certainly has just about the furthest thing from a reputation for being a dirty player, collided with Peverley early in the third period and appeared to extend his right leg upon making contact with the B's winger.

Peverley briefly returned but went on to miss the remainder of the third period. He has been sent back to Boston for further medical evaluation.

"We don't know exactly what it is, but it's severe enough that it needs to be looked at by our doctors," coach Claude Julien told the media on Thursday morning. 

As for what Julien thought of the play, Boston's bench remained tight-lipped.

"That doesn't matter," he said. "Whether I like it, I don't like it or whatever, I don't make the decisions. I'm done with commenting on that stuff because it's not worth it."

With Peverley out of action, recently recalled forward Josh Hennessy (Rockland, Mass.) will make his Bruins debut on Friday in Winnipeg.