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.

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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.

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Shanahan explained the reasoning behind the suspension in a video on NHL.com.

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“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.”