Brad Marchand gets kneed by Brendan Smith, grabs wrong knee in pain

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

If you get hit in the knee and want to sell it, don't grab the wrong knee.

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Brendan Smith caught Brad Marchand with a knee-on-knee hit in the second period on Tuesday night and earned a two-minute minor for tripping for his actions. But that's only part of the story.

Check out the way Marchand immediately grabs his knee in pain, which would be a natural reaction if you're knee smacks into another knee flying through the neutral zone at top speed. The only problem is he grabbed for the wrong knee.

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Well that's certainly awkward. Marchand briefly left the game with some assistance but returned for his next shift.

Marchand's efforts at selling it aside, that's still not a good play by Smith and deserved a penalty. Given what happened in Minnesota on Monday night with Matt Cooke and Tyson Barrie it seems reasonable to think that the league might even take a look at it for further discipline. But since Marchand was not injured on the play that is far from a guarantee.

Smith was suspended fight games (three preseason games and five regular season games) back in 2011 for a hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith.

UPDATE: So maybe Marchand wasn't trying to sell something. He explains what happened after the game.

Marchand also didn't seem to think much of those of us that questioned his actions.

[GIF via @MyRegularFace]

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