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NHL bans Anton Volchenkov for hit on Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand was helped off the ice after being hit on Wednesday night.
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Brad Marchand was helped off the ice after being hit on Wednesday night.

The NHL tagged New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov with a four-game suspension Thursday after he delivered an illegal hit to the head of the Bruins’ Brad Marchand in the second period of Boston’s win on Wednesday.

A woozy Marchand needed help getting off the ice, and he did not return to the game. Marchand was being evaluated Thursday for a possible concussion.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan noted in his video explanation that Volchenkov made reckless elbow contact. Volchenkov has a history, Shanahan said, although he is not considered a repeat offender.

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Marchand is the team’s leading scorer with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points. The Bruins are already without Patrice Bergeron because of a concussion. Bergeron, however, skated Thursday morning alongside six others.