June 22, 2024

Brad Marchand questionable for G4; Bruins unhappy with hit

After colliding with Florida Panthers forth Sam Bennett in Game 3, Brad Marchand is day to day with an upper-body injury, which the Boston Bruins claimed may have crossed the line.

The Bruins manager’s reputation for Game 4 on Sunday is questionable. He did n’t practice with the team Saturday. Marchand is the Bruins ‘ leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 points in 10 games ( 3 goals, 7 assists ).

The Panthers lead the line 2- 1 after a 6- 2 victory in Boston on Friday night.

Some on social media claimed a slow-motion record of Bennett’s check-and-go video shows him using his right sleeve to make contact with Marchand. Andrew Raycroft, a former NHL goaltender who covers the Bruins for NESN, called it” a sucker punch, not a reverse beat”.

According to a source, Bennett wo n’t face punishment for the play, which on-ice officials did not impose as a penalty.

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery did n’t see the incident in real time but said “having seen]the replay], there’s a history there with Bennett. He’s a good, hard person, but there’s evidently proof of what went on. People can say it was n’t intentional. We have a different opinion of it.

Montgomery claimed that Bennett’s past lies not with Marchand but rather with how well it had impacted earlier hits.

For instance, Bennett’s right glove in the Panthers ‘ series against the Toronto Maple Leafs last year came into contact with Matthew Knies ‘ face before Bennett slammed Knies on the ice. Some claimed Bennett had struck the Toronto quarterback with a stealthy punch, and Knies was concussed on the play.

Paul Maurice, the coach for Florida, said he did n’t believe Marchand was punched by Bennett.

” No, and I do n’t think most of you would’ve either”, he said Saturday. ” It was just a motion. In a great world, every group has nobody good. Anyone wants to see him suffer.

Bennett made his first appearance in the Tampa Bay Lightning portfolio since Game 2 of the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 12: 43 and assisted on Vladimir Tarasenko‘s energy- play aim that gave the Bengals a 2- 0 result.

” He hits difficult. He’s solid and a really hard guy. He is a skilled timer, Panthers wing Carter Verhaeghe said. How to occasion strikes like that and get guys like that is a great skill. Some league players are as talented as him and possess the skill set he does.

Before departing, Marchand skated eight swings in the first phase and seven in the minute, totaling 10:51 in total snow time. He did n’t register a shot on goal and had one shot attempt.

” You never want to see a person come down and not be able to return, particularly a man who is your best friend and head. ” But that’s a chance for people to step up, and Boston’s Charlie Coyle acknowledged that the Maple Leafs rallied against the Bruins in the first round after losing sun Auston Matthews to an upper-body damage.

” I think you’ll see people taking on more responsibility and rise to that occasion”, Coyle said. We wish to play for players who are n’t in the lineup, and we want to. We play for each other, and that’s something we’re going to do ]Sunday ]”.