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.
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 on injury on Smith hit: "I twisted my knee up a little bit when I landed there. A little scare there. My leg was kind of tingling."— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 23, 2014
Marchand also didn't seem to think much of those of us that questioned his actions.
Marchand on twitter crowd doubting legitimacy of his pain after collision w/Brendan Smith: "Thats why they're on twitter and I'm in the NHL"— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 23, 2014
[GIF via @MyRegularFace]