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Marchand is suspended 5 games for hit against Canucks player

Brad Marchand was hit with a five-game suspension today after drawing a five-minute major and game misconduct for clipping Sami Salo in the second period of Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden.

Marchand, who conducted a hearing via teleconference at 12:30 p.m. with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, tried to plead that he was protecting himself from an imminent check along the boards when he ducked and up-ended Salo, causing him to suffer a concussion when he landed hard on the ice on the back of his head at 18:47 of the second period.

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