BOSTON - The National Hockey League suspended Brad Marchand two games on Thursday for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin during Tuesday night's game at TD Garden.
Boston's leading scorer was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct late in the first period of the Bruins' 4-0 victory.
"It was definitely very selfish and undisciplined at the time, obviously," Marchand said while addressing the media prior to Thursday night's game against Ottawa at the Garden "But, you can't do anything about it now. The most important thing is that we're in playoffs and regardless of who we have to play, we have to do the job.
"So, a couple games here...still a very capable team on the ice. They won a huge game without me the other night and they're going to be ready regardless."
Video: Marchand speaks to media about suspension
Marchand, who paces the Bruins with 39 goals and 85 points, was disappointed to be suspended, but is pleased that he will not miss any postseason games.
"I understand that I put myself in that situation and need to be better. And the league did what they had to do," said Marchand, who will sit out the Bruins final two regular season games.
"It would have been very disappointing to miss a playoff game. But, I'll be back for that and looking forward to getting back there on the ice."