Brad Marchand to meet with NHL

Updated: March 17, 2011, 11:02 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have confirmed that forward Brad Marchand will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday morning (pushed back from an original time of 10 a.m.) as a result of his hit to the head of the Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger during Tuesday's game in Columbus.

With eight minutes remaining in the second period, Umberger did not have control of the puck in the neutral zone when Marchand caught the Blue Jackets' forward from behind with an elbow. Umberger went down, but was not injured as the play continued, and Marchand was not given a penalty. The Bruins won the game 3-2 in a shootout.

Marchand is the fourth Bruins player this season to have a hearing with the league. Milan Lucic was not suspended following a match penalty against the Atlanta Thrashers in December. Daniel Paille was suspended five games for his hit to the head of the Dallas Stars' Raymond Sawada in February. Boston captain Zdeno Chara was not suspended after his hearing last week for his hit on the Canadiens' Max Pacioretty.

Marchand has 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points in 66 games this season. The Bruins will play the Predators Thursday night in Nashville.

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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