BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended 5 games by the NHL for his hit on Vancouver’s Sami Salo on Saturday.

Marchand went down low to avoid a second period hit from Salo, who flipped over the 5-9 winger and suffered a concussion on the play. Marchand, who was assessed a five-minute major for clipping and was ejected for a game misconduct, claims he was trying to protect himself from a potentially dangerous hit from Salo.

READ MORE: Kyle Van Noy Hosts Christmas Party For Foster Children In Need

Marchand had a hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday afternoon. This is the second suspension of his career, with his first coming last season after elbowing Columbus’ R.J. Umberger.

READ MORE: 'Get Vaccinated And Get Boosted': Gov. Baker Pushes COVID Shots In Brockton

Shanahan explained the reasoning behind the suspension in a video on

MORE NEWS: Car Involved In Holbrook Crash Was Stolen From Amazon Driver, Police Say

“We do not view this play as defensive, or instinctive,” says Shanahan. “We believe this was a predatory, low hit delivered by Marchand in order to flip his opponent over him.”