NHL notes: Brief ban coming?

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand lands on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo during their...

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand lands on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo during their game in Boston on January 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is facing a suspension of five games or less for low-bridging Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo Saturday.

Marchand will have a telephone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday, which means the maximum suspension would be five games. A longer suspension requires an in-person hearing.

Marchand was given a major penalty for the hit which, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Sunday, left Salo with a concussion. But Marchand didn't think the hit was illegal.

"I did go under him," he told the Boston Globe. "But I felt the base contact was about his hip point. That's usually a pretty legal hit from what I've seen in the past. I have no idea how the league feels about it. I guess we'll see."

Marchand is considered a repeat offender by the NHL. He was suspended two games last season for a hit to the head and fined $2,500 earlier this year for a slew-foot on Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen.

NHL FIXES MISTAKE

The NHL rescinded the game misconduct Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic got Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Lucic was tossed out after it appeared he left the bench to get involved in a skirmish. But the NHL ruled that Lucic was on the ice legally and shouldn't have been given the game misconduct.

"The referees reacted to what they saw," NHL director of officiating Terry Gregson said. "The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued."

GREEN RED-LIGHTED

Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green didn't skate with the team Sunday.

Green, who has been plagued by injuries this season, left Saturday's game against the San Jose Sharks in the second period after his groin tightened up. It was just his second game back after missing 23 with groin issues.

The Capitals didn't update Green's injury status but it's unlikely he will play Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Forward Nicklas Backstrom also wasn't on the ice Sunday. He didn't play against the Sharks after taking an elbow to the head from Rene Bourque earlier in the week.

BRIEFLY

The Vancouver Canucks called up winger Mike Duco from Chicago of the AHL. Duco has eight goals and five assists in 33 games with Chicago this season ... The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled winger Tomas Kubalik from Springfield of the AHL on an emergency basis. The 21-year-old has seven goals and four assists in 24 games with Springfield ... The Detroit Red Wings activated forward Tomas Holmstrom off injured reserve and sent forward Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids of the AHL. Holmstrom missed five games with a groin injury ... The Phoenix Coyotes sent Patrick O'Sullivan to Portland of the AHL. He has two goals and two assists in 23 games with the Coyotes.


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