Thursday, November 12, 2015

Punch Drunk Love: Landeskog's Big Hit Earns Him Sucker Punch from Marchand

The Bruins had a difficult night in many wans in Beantown. They blew a two-goal lead to the Avs, falling 3-2 and failing to 1-5-1 at home this season. Boston has now lost to Colorado a club record eight times at home. The B's (7-7-1) also had a scary moment during the second period when Brad Marchand was clocked and sent twirling by Avs' winger Gabriel Landeskog.

Here's the AP description of the play:

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog received a match penalty at 5:46 of the second period for an illegal hit to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand. After slumping over on the ice for a few seconds, Marchand calmly stood, skated over to Landeskog and sucker punched him in the face. Marchand received a minor penalty and Landeskog is automatically suspended the next game, pending an NHL review.

‘‘I tried to let up and then I tried to skate up and apologize and tell him I didn’t mean to come across and ... obviously he wasn’t hurt with that sucker punch,’’ Landeskog said. ‘‘I'm happy he didn’t get hurt. I feel like the principle point of contact was the shoulder.’’

Marchand would pick up a roughing call for the sucker punch. He stayed in the game, playing 25 shifts and finishing with 19:51 of ice time.

Marchand later said that the sucker punch was "heat of the moment," and that he believed that Landeskog didn't mean any harm with his hit.

According to Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty, the NHL will be looking at both incidents (the hit and the sucker punch) to determine if any additional discipline is required.

Here's the sucker punch in sl-mo. Not your everyday roughing minor.

The Bruins night wasn't all bad. They did get Dennis Seidenberg back on the ice for the first time this season.

For the Avs, who improved to 6-9-1 with the win, Jarome Iginla picked up an assist to tie Peter Stastny for 37th on the NHL's all-time point scoring list.