The NHL is letting Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand know that he’s being watched. And quite closely. On Friday, the league fined Marchand $2,000 for embellishment, for which he was penalized last week in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Marchand was subject to the fine, as it was his second notice from the league on the matter. He was first issued a warning after embellishing a call against the Lightning on Nov. 29.
The rules for the league’s embellishment punishments are as follows:
First offense: WarningSecond offense: $2,000 fine
Third offense: $3,000 fineFourth offense: $4,000 fine
Fifth offense: $5,000 fine (plus $2,000 fine for head coach)Sixth offense: $5,000 fine (plus $3,000 fine for head coach)
Seventh offense: $5,000 fine (plus $4,000 fine for head coach)Eighth offense: $5,000 fine (plus $5,000 fine for head coach)
As per NHL.com, for head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.
In his most recent incident, Marchand was tripped up by Olli Maatta behind the Penguins' net. Maatta got his stick under Marchand’s left skate and lifted it, hooking Marchand’s left leg off the ice. Marchand twisted his body and fell to the ice. Both players went to the penalty box — Maatta for tripping, Marchand for embellishment.
See the sequence:
Back in November, when Marchand was warned by the NHL on his first embellishment offense during a contest against Tampa Bay, the Bruins gritty forward was cross-checked by Mikhail Sergachev in front of the Boston bench. Marchand dropped to the ice after being contracted by Sergachev’s stick.
See the incident here:
It’s not Marchand’s first time being in hot water with the NHL. He was suspended for five games earlier this season for an elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson. That was Marchand’s sixth NHL suspension.
You are being watched Brad!