Before departing Montreal for Winnipeg and a game with the Jets Friday night, Bruins head coach Claude Julien reported today that Rich Peverley has returned to Boston to have his knee evaluated.
Peverley was injured four minutes into the third period of Boston’s 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens when he was hit by defenseman Hal Gill while crossing his own blue line with the puck. It’s doubtful Peverley would be able to rejoin the Bruins for the Jets game.
Even if Josh Hennessy, a one-time 30-goal scorer in the AHL, proves a solid replacement, this latest injury underscores the Bruins need to add more depth up front before the trade deadline. Their offense was already sputtering without Nathan Horton. Now Peverley could miss some time. Hennessy scored 15 goals in 49 games this season for the Providence farm club.
Luckily for the Bruins, they should be only missing Horton and Peverley in Winnipeg. The NHL announced that Marchand would not face supplemental discipline, or even a hearing, for his clip on Montreal’s Alexei Emelin at the end of the second period. Marchand was assessed a two-minute minor.
On his Twitter feed, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan wrote the following:
“Like all penalties on the ice, not all “clips” rise to the level of supplemental discipline. This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thigh/hip and not the knee area. We don’t like it, but not SD [supplemental discipline].”
Shanahan doesn’t say this, but that Emelin wasn’t hurt probably factored into this decision. I agree that a two-minute minor was sufficient.
Of course, if you’re the Bruins, you have to wonder how much you can trust Marchand. Extra punishment or not, he put his status at risk to make a hit as the horn was sounding almost 200 feet from his own goal. He gave the Canadiens a power play to start the third period, which turned into the Habs’ period with a 10-2 shots edge and the two goals that tied the game. In the past, Julien has reined in Marchand by cutting his ice time. That wasn’t the case last night, and injuries might not allow for a benching, but the Bruins coach is going to have to get the pesky winger’s attention again before he truly costs his team a game.