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As we all heard earlier today Brad Marchand was suspended 5 games for clipping Sami Salo on Saturday.



He was penalized for the illegal hit, the injury (concussion) that resulted from the play and his previous suspension history.

Whether you agree with the suspension or not (my friend doesn't think it was a clip), the suspension was given. So was this a hip check that just went wrong?

Yeah that's possible. But where I think Marchand went wrong is his argument that he was trying to protect himself from Salo to the press post-game. This hit doesn't look like he is trying to protect himself, it's either an attempt to injure Salo's knees that went wrong or it was a hip check that went wrong. If his argument had been that this was supposed to be a hip check that happened to go lower than intended, maybe he doesn't end up with this long of a suspension or any suspension.

But that wasn't the case. Instead Marchand argued that this was protecting his own safety and Shanahan outlined how this didn't fit what actually transpired. Shanahan points out the previous shoulder check that transpired just moments before between Salo and Marchand that resulted in no injury to either player.

Here is the Bruins' reaction to the suspension:

"While we respect the process that the Department of Player Safety took to reach their decision regarding Brad’s hit on Sami Salo, we are very disappointed by their ruling.

"While we understand that the Department of Safety is an evolving entity, it is frustrating that there are clear comparable situations that have not been penalized or sanctioned in the past.

"It is equally disappointing that Brad sought the counsel of the Department this past Fall for an explanation and clarification regarding this type of scenario so as to adjust his game if necessary. He was advised that such an incident was not sanctionable if he was protecting his own safety.  Given our feeling that Brad was indeed protecting himself and certainly did not clip the player as he contacted the player nowhere near the knee or quadricep, today’s ruling is not consistent with what the Department of Player Safety communicated to Brad."

And here is part of Marchand's blog today:

OK, the play with Sami Salo. It technically wasn’t a clip. Clipping is when you hit someone at the knees and I did not hit him at the knees. Anyone that has seen the video will see that I hit him in the upper thigh under the buttocks. They can call it a clipping, but they obviously don’t know the rules of hockey. I felt like I was trying to protect myself and get low and he went over me. It was very unfortunate that he was injured on the play. I know he has a concussion. There has been a lot of concussions going on this year. It’s a very fast game. A lot of guys are big and strong and physical. It’s very tough on the guys. It seems of late, a lot of guys are getting injured. Hopefully concussions can kind of start to drop off and we don’t see as many of them.

That was posted after the Shanahan video on the suspension is released.