Brad Marchand ugly hit on Jake Dotchin overshadows Bruins surging into playoffs

Boston Bruins Can Clinch a Playoff Spot Tuesday Night With Win Over Tampa Bay

The NHL Department of Player Safety has finally issued its ruling against Bruins winger Brad Marchand.

Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen, and Paul Burmeister will anchor NHL LIVE pre- and post-game coverage throughout the week, joined by analysts and former players Keith Jones, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, and Anson Carter. "This is not accidental or inadvertent contact".

Marchand, who is considered a repeat offender, has been suspended four times in his National Hockey League career.

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The Boston Bruins still have plenty to play for in their final two regular-season games, but they'll have to do it without their top goal-scorer. More relevant to the Bruins is if he gets suspended since these next two contests mean plenty for them as they try to earn second or third-place in the Atlantic Division and avoid the second Wild Card spot vs. the Capitals.

Brad Marchand will be missing in action for the rest of the regular season, but he won't miss any playoff games.

"Marchand turns, opens up the blade of his stick, and delivers a forceful spear directly to the groin of Dotchin".

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The puck was in Tampa's zone and Dotchin was defending the front of the net when Marchand attempted to play the puck but finished with the spear. If the Lightning manage to beat them and the Bruins and Maple Leafs go on to struggle with their remaining schedules then the Lightning have hope, but they must win those critical games first.

But their final three games of the season - all at home at TD Garden - are against formidable foes.

First and foremost, the Bruins will have to forge on without Marchand - one of their best and most consistent players all season - as they jockey for playoff positioning in the East's playoff picture.

"It was an undisciplined penalty - there's no question about that", Marchand said.

Both teams are playing their third game in four days as they each played back to backs over the weekend.

"That was definitely the worst pain", Dotchin said.

"It's a tough [play], for sure", Dotchin added.

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