For all of his talent, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand might be best known for his ability to get under the skin of opponents. Marchand, 27, seemingly thrives on being able to be an on-ice pest. And even though sometimes getting under the skin of opponents means Marchand has to endure a shot coming back his way, it shouldn’t mean he’s going to get victimized by a cheap shot.
Unfortunately for Marchand, he was on the receiving end of an egregious spear to the groin from Vancouver Canucks winger Brandon Prust Saturday night. The spear, which came with two minutes remaining in the third period with the Bruins ahead 4-0, dropped Marchand to his knees and left him doubled over for close to two minutes before he made his way to the bench:
As one might expect, Prust didn’t get away with the spear. Though no penalty was called on the play for spearing, Prust was handed a 10-minute misconduct and sent for an early shower.
There’s no precedent for a spear to result in a suspension, but a fine could very well be coming Prust’s way. New Jersey Devils winger Stephen Gionta was fined $2,285 for a spear on Ottawa Senators defensman Mark Borowiecki this season, and each of Scott Hartnell, Ryan Garbutt and Milan Lucic were fined in April 2014 for spears.
Prust has been suspended by the league twice in the past four seasons, and was fined this past May for “derogatory public comments directed toward referee Brad Watson.”
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Update: The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced they have fined Prust $5,000 for his spear on Marchand.