On Wednesday night, during a game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils, Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov was assessed a five minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct for elbowing Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the head during the second period. The day after, it was announced that Volchenkov had been suspended four games.

This is the right call by the Head of the Department of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, as this is the type of hit that league officials are trying to remove from the game. Volchenkov targeted the head, lifted his elbow, and left his feet. This was an easy call for Shanahan to make. The fact that Marchand was injured on the play and Volchenkov had a suspension history prior to last night's incident certainly didn't help the Russian defenseman's case.

The Devils will be without Volchenkov for the next four games, which leaves them without arguably their top stay-at-home defenseman. The loss of Volchenkov will impact the team even more, as the Devils also lost captain Bryce Salvador that game after he took a slapshot from Zdeno Chara to his hand.



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