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Video of Brad Marchand’s “clip” on Alexei Emelin

Because the Internet works just that fast. Here’s video of the clipping call on Brad Marchand for his hit on Alexei Emelin at the end of the second period.

Stupid move by Marchand? When you’re in Shanahan’s crosshairs and bitched about your last suspension, it is. Doesn’t mean it’s a clip, though.

NHL Rulebook:

44.1 Clipping – Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent.

A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s knees.

An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player or goalkeeper who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent’s knees.

 Freeze frame at the point of contact.

Now we may not be Dr. Recchi but Emelin’s knees are awfully high. This isn’t even near the same thing as the Marchand-Salo hit.  The knees are below that blue thing called pants.

Bottom line is only reason we’re talking about this hit is because it’s a Bruin, specifically Marchand. Reputation call. Refereeing tonight has been an absolute joke anyways. It’s free goalie interference calls at the Bell Centre. Be really surprised if this is suspendable. If it is the NHL might as well change the rule book to any lowish hit is automatic suspension.

S/T to Cornelius H. for tweeting the video link.