Marchand slowly went down on the play and was helped to the locker room following the hit. He did not return to the game.
Volchenkov received a five-minute major penalty as well as a game misconduct. For Volchenkov, this is the second time he was disciplined for a hit to the head. The last time, he received three games for a similar incident in 2011.
The suspension was handed down after a telephone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety. Five games is the maximum penalty which can be imposed following a telephone conference.
With only a few contests remaining and the Devils on the outside looking in with regards to a playoff spot, the suspension only adds insult to injury.
It was a poor play by Volchenkov. The hit was unnecessary, dangerous and thoughtless. It will only serve to hurt the team’s chances to stay in the postseason hunt.
The team may also be without the services of captain Bryce Salvador who was hit on the wrist by a Zdeno Chara slap shot. X-rays on the wrist were negative, but Salvador has a bruise and is listed as day to day.
With the Devils struggling to find some way to get back into a playoff position, the bad news continues to come.