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Bruins' Marchand suspended for two games

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 12:59 PM / News

NHL.com

TORONTOBoston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,330.64 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head area of Columbus Blue Jackets player R.J. Umberger in NHL game #1044 Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Marchand's fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 11:40 of the second period when Marchand approached Umberger from behind and struck him in the neck and side of the head with his elbow.  No penalty was assessed on the play.

Marchand will miss the Bruins' next two games -- tonight at Nashville and March 19 at Toronto.   He will be eligible to return March 22 against New Jersey.

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