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Marchand will not be sanctioned for his hit
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02-16-2012, 04:36 PM
Join Date: May 2007
To me this is like letting Matt Cooke get away with a head shot just because he didn't connect properly. A fine or a 1 gamer should've come down to keep his "repeat offender" status active. A fine was the easy answer IMO. The guy goes way too low way too often and it's despicable. He does it at the last minute and not just when other people are trying to hit him. It's pure scumbaggery, no place for it. This particular one wasn't effective, true, but it was pretty egregious in terms of intent. Emelin's motionless and preparing to get hit, Marchand goes under him. It's the kind of play you never see normally, but if he gets away with it he'll keep doing it. Others will do it, why not, sure helps take away a size difference.
In terms of reffing and league discipline, the league's in the worst shape it's been since before Gretzky. It's pathetic how little respect there is for the rules. Julien exploits it the most, but IMO it's coming from the league. The fish rots from the head.
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