This weekend the Bruins played a home-and-home against the Chicago Blackhawks. On Saturday, after playing back and forth hockey on the scoresheet for most of the game, the Bruins finally decided to win the last game of their six-game home stand 7-4.
For the record, they won all six games at home.
However, they didn’t win the first game of the four-game road trip that started in Chicago.
Just prior to the game, the Bruins announced that top-line left wing Brad Marchand would be out with an upper body injury. This update came a couple of hours after Bruce Cassidy had planned on icing the same lineup from yesterday.
UPDATE: Brad Marchand will not play in this afternoon's game (upper body).
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 11, 2018
This led to some speculation as to whether or not he was truly injured or just being sat after the continued animosity of the Blackhawks players toward Marchand after his on-ice collision with Anthony Duclair, which left Duclair injured and unable to finish the game. Brad was assessed a penalty for interference in-game.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) March 11, 2018
Bruce Cassidy cleared this up by stating it was an injury incurred during the game on Saturday.
Marchand, who has a team-high 29 goals and 69 points — five goals and six assists in his last five games — was hurt when he collided with Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday’s contest between the teams in Boston.
“It’s from the run-in with Duclair from last night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We didn’t know how serious it would be. Just found out before the game he wouldn’t be able to go. We’ll see how he is for Tuesday.”
We’ll have to see if Marchy comes back on Tuesday at Carolina. With a team that is undergoing a second rash or=f absences due to injury or suspension this year, it seems that we need Brad to continue to be the difference maker while other players return to the lineup.