While the Predators enjoyed a happy ending to Game 3 today in Nashville, an all-too-close 4-3 triumph to give them a 2-1 lead in their series with Anaheim, we have another suspension-worthy play by a Duck forward that the NHL needs to review. Veteran center Todd Marchant (#22, without a helmet in the clip below) sees Joel Ward open in front of the net, and as a centering pass comes through, he charges Ward from behind and deliberately slew-foots him. Jump to the 1:40 mark in this video to catch it:
There is simply no rationalizing away the act - Marchant doesn't try to take the body, he doesn't try to tie up Ward's stick, he clearly uses his left leg to sweep Ward's right out from under him. Slew-footing is one of the dirtiest and most dangerous things a player can do on the ice, because of the way the victim is caught off-guard, and is at risk for landing head-first on the ice. They have typically drawn fines and/or suspensions in the past from the NHL, so will Marchant hear from Colin Campbell for this one? I've contacted the league office to see if this play is being reviewed, and will share their response whenever it comes.
#22 / Center / Anaheim Ducks
Aug 12, 1973