Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov suspended four games

Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov was suspended four games by the NHL for an elbow to the head of...

Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov was suspended four games by the NHL for an elbow to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand. (RHONA WISE/Reuters)

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New Jersey Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov was given a four-game suspension by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for a high hit Wednesday against the Boston Bruins.

Volchenkov caught Bruins forward Brad Marchand with an elbow to the head, drawing a major penalty on the play. Marchand left the game and did not return.

“Rather than make a full body check, Volchenkov extends his left elbow, making significant contact to the side of Marchand’s head,” Shanahan said in a video explaining the rationale behind the suspension. “Volchenkov is in control of this play and is fully responsible for the outcome. He sees Marchand clearly and, if anything, Marchand’s actions just prior to contact force Volchenkov to extend his elbow even further.”

Volchenkov is not considered a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA but has been suspended on one other occasion for a similar incident, Shanahan said.

"Brad has been diagnosed with a mild concussion," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Thursday. "We will provide an update on his status when appropriate."




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