Coming home from work last night the big topic on the radio was of course, Marchand's spearing penalty. It sounded awful. Then I saw it.
I know, since I don't have a set I'm not allowed an opinion when a guy gets hit in his. Regardless, here goes.
If it weren't for Marchand having a reputation we wouldn't be talking about this at all. If you have actually seen the tape, you know that Dotchin comes up and cross-checks Marchand, hits him in the back with his stick and then immediately tries to retreat. Marchand swings his body and stick back at him and ends up hitting him in the junk. Had Dotchin not tried to run away after the cross-check and ensuing stick to the back, Marchand's stick wouldn't have hit him in the jewels.
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