Two-game Heatley suspension might set standard for Bruins’ Marchand

Heatley/By S. Bradley

Bruins winger Brad Marchand wasn’t the only one to deliver an elbow to an opponent’s head Tuesday night.

San Jose’s Dany Heatley was at it too.

Today Heatley had his phone hearing with the NHL and he received a two-game suspension, as confirmed by TSN.ca. As you can see, Heatley’s elbow to Dallas’ Steve Ott was much more intentional than Marchand’s, as the puck is already out of the area and Heatley sort of goes out of his way to go at the Stars’ agitator.

Heatley had no priors, so that definitely helped him get a lenient sentence.

Just a rookie in the NHL, Marchand also hasn’t been disciplined yet by the NHL. His hearing about his hit on R.J. Umberger is scheduled for Thursday morning. When you take into account that there was still a puck pursuit going on and take into account Heatley’s suspension, you’re probably looking at just a game out for Marchand if there’s any suspension at all.

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