No discipline expected for Marchand trip of Stralman
Bruins star Brad Marchand isn't expected to face any supplemental discipline for his dangerous trip of Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman Tuesday night.
Marchand wasn't penalized on the play, either. It happened late in the second period of the Lightning's 4-3 loss to Boston Tuesday night. Stralman was in the neutral zone, without the puck, and Marchand skated up behind him, using his right skate to kick Stralman's left skate from under him.
It certainly looked like a slewfoot, which is defined in NHL Rule 52 as "the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent's feet from under him..causing him to fall violently to the ice."
The NHL Department of Player Safety reviewed the hit, but the play was seen as unintentional, unlike Marchand's trip of Detroit's Niklas Krondwall last week, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Marchand was fined $10,000 for that hit on Kronwall.
Marchand would go on to assist on the two goals in the final two minutes of the second period, helping lift Boston to a win.
Stralman said after the game he didn't expect an official to see the hit, since it was behind the play. When asked if it should have been a penalty?
"I can't say," Stralman said. "There's contact and I fall. I can't say if he did anything or not, but I'm not the puck holder. I'm out in the neutral zone and I get hit from behind. That's all I got to say."