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Marchand getting a raw deal from NHL?

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08:25 AM ET 01.20 | Brad Marchand, who returned from a five-game suspension for his low-bridge hit on Sami Salo, saw something that didn't sit with him during his hiatus: Nick Foligno's low hit on Dion Phaneuf. [Marchand] failed to see any significant differences between the two clipping incidents. It's something he's unfortunately become an expert on over the last few weeks. "I saw it. It looked very similar to mine." ... The [Salo] concussion and the -- ahem -- lobbying by the aggrieved Vancouver hockey club with the league clearly came into play as factors for the lengthy five-game penalty from Brendan Shanahan. But count Marchand among those disappointed if Foligno avoids justice for a similar hockey play.

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January 20, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Shanny's office has already proven it is not consistent... but I will admit it is still better than Colon's sorry excuses at disipline

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January 20, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Marchand's suspension was on the money. No need for bailing out on a hit. It's hockey, not ringette... you either take the hit or get out of the way, you never duck underneath a guy, could end a career. Foligno should have gotten at least a game just to reinforce the idea that low-bridging is not going to be tolerated. Shanahan has been anything but consistent this year however, so the message is muddled once again.

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January 20, 2012  09:24 AM ET

I hate that the art form of a great hip check has gone from an awesome/exciting play to a suspendable offense.

Just sad.

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January 20, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Though the hits are similar (watched them both several times) i think the big difference is the height at which the hit is delivered and the speed at which its given. Marchand has more speed, goes lower and seems to drive into salo, foligno is almot standing still, they hit hip to hip and phaneufs momentum carries him over foligno. If your gonna give foligno a suspension it should be for a pathetic version of a hip check. The other thing i noticed is that the nucks have no balls out there... sedin skates away from krecji, edler skates by and lets krecji give the nucks best player a whack, even spezza gets tangled up with phaneuf and shows some fight. The nucks better aquire some toughness or they'll be watchin someone else hoist the cup.

January 20, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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This, and it's a shame that the supposed "fans" on here seem to believe that hip checks are "cheap." Watch a few Bruins games from the 70s. In fact, go watch a highlight reel of the great PJ Axelsson from the 90s :P Hip checks are legal in hockey. Get over it. If you don't like it, stick to figure skating. Marchand is right. Foligno's hit was very similar... and it was LEGAL. Marchand's name got him the suspension, not the check.

I didnt see Marchand's check but I saw Foligno's. When I first saw the hit, I was like, "Wow, that was awesome, you don't see many of those anymore" Then I hear about all the outcry, blah blah.

Darius Kasparatis was my favorite hipchecker. I loved it! Mike Peca was also pretty damn good at it as well.

As long as the point of contact is the thigh, what the hell's the problem?

January 20, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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I hate that the art form of a great hip check has gone from an awesome/exciting play to a suspendable offense.Just sad.

Wait a sec. Are you saying that what Marchand did to Salo was a hip check? Are you **** kidding me?

January 20, 2012  09:36 AM ET



Go to :47. Didn't get the knees, but that aint really a hip check either.

January 20, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I hate that the art form of a great hip check has gone from an awesome/exciting play to a suspendable offense.Just sad.

hard to call either of these a hip check as neither player leads with his hip/arse, thats kinda the defining part of a hip check

January 20, 2012  09:40 AM ET

kasparatis never put his shoulder into another players knee or thigh.... he used his arse, which is why his hits where legal and this wasnt

January 20, 2012  09:40 AM ET

There is so much about Marchand's hit on Salo being "clipping" yet Salo came away with a concussion not a knee injury. If Salo hadn't turned his back to Marchand he probably would have come away with no injury at all (see the hit from last year's playoff when the Vancouver player low bridged Kreci (I think) - Krejci was fine and the Vancouver guy went off for the rest of the game). It was a cheesy move on Marchand's part to duck but he clearly got Salo on the thigh.

January 20, 2012  09:42 AM ET



This isn't even close to being as low as Marchard's hit.

January 20, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Go to :47. Didn't get the knees, but that aint really a hip check either.

Looks like it would have been a hip check until Phaneuf jumped at the last second.

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January 20, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Wait a sec. Are you saying that what Marchand did to Salo was a hip check? Are you **** kidding me?

I said earlier I never saw the Marchand hit but saw the Foligno one.

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January 20, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Posters are fired up this Friday morning!!! I love it! Musta been all those 4-1 games last night.

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