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NHL reaches a verdict on Brad Marchand's referee shove


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Tom Banks
May 3, 2024  (6:31 PM)
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Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand.
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During the Bruins game six loss to the Maple Leafs, Brad Marchand was in clear violation after shoving an official, and now the NHL has handed down a verdict.

On social media, a clued in fan posted about the clear violation of NHL rules that would result in an immediate 10-game suspension.
40.1 Game Misconduct – Any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official, in any manner attempts to injure an official, physically demeans, or deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall receive a game misconduct penalty.
Unsurprisingly, given the NHL, like many sports are hoping for ratings rather than punishing big name players that deserve it, 5pm has now passed, with the league confirming they will do nothing about the clear violation.
It's officially after 5 pm and it's clear the NHL won't be issuing any supplemental discipline for his shove on the linesman. This is a clear violation of rule 40.1, but the league has decided to ignore it.
In fact, the league didn't even address it, so we don't know whether or not it's something they even looked at, and perhaps we'll never know, but for now Marchand is clear to play.

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