Anton Volchenkov suspension: Devils defenseman to miss four games

Bruce Bennett

Anton Volchenkov has been suspended four games for elbowing Brad Marchand.

New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suspended four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

Volchenkov will forfeit $91,891.88 of salary, which is the maximum allotment allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. The funds will be donated to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at the 15-minute mark of the second period in Wednesday night's game. Volchenkov was given a five-minute major for elbowing, as well as a game misconduct. Marchand required assistance to leave the ice and was unable to return to the game.

Volchenkov had been previously suspended in 2011 for a similar play, which resulted in a three-game suspension. He is not defined as a repeat offender under the collective bargaining agreement, but in the league's announcement they made note of his 'history.'

The Bruins have yet to update Marchand's status.

Volchenkov will be eligible to return against the New York Rangers on April 21.

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