The NHL has acted quickly and they have acted swiftly.
The league announced Thursday afternoon that Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suspended four games for his elbow to the head of Brad Marchand on Wednesday night.
“Although Marchand, who stands 5-9, is stopping and turning his head away from Volchenkov to avoid the full force of the impending check, that doesn’t contribute or explain the reckless elbow contact to the head on what could have been a legal collision,” NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in a video explaining the hit.
Volchenkov was also suspended in 2011 for an elbow to the head of Zach Boychuk.
See and hear an explanation of the supplemental discipline in the video below.