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New angle of Bennett's cheap shot on Marchand worse than the original


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Ryan Smitheram
May 12, 2024  (9:20 PM)
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Bennett escaped suspension after punching Marchand in the head
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A new angle from Sam Bennett's hit on Brad Marchand shows an even better look at the cheap shot that injured Marchand.

Marchand did not suit up for Game 4 tonight after sustaining an injury from what many thought was just a hit from Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett in Game 3. Marchand is currently listed as day-to-day and Bennett escaped a penalty on the play and any supplemental discipline to Bruins' fans dismay.
Other fans called the Bruins fans out for being hypocritical, but a new angle of the hit has emerged showing that Bennett did in fact punch Marchand in the side of the head when he hit him.
To make matters worse for the Bruins, Bennett scored the tying goal midway through the third period on a questionable goal.
He appeared to shove Charlie Coyle into Jeremy Swayman and then put the loose puck into the net. Boston challenged, but the goal stood, which it shouldn't have based on the definition of the rule that states:
"If a defending player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by an attacking player so as to cause the defending player to come into contact with his own goalkeeper, such contact shall be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, and if necessary a penalty assessed to the attacking player and if a goal is scored it would be disallowed."

Needless to say, the Bruins were not happy with that call either as Bennett has gotten away with two penalties the last two games.
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New angle of Bennett's cheap shot on Marchand worse than the original

Seeing the reverse angle should Bennett have been suspended?

Definitely39746.1 %
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