Brad Marchand exposes the beef he has with Sam Bennet

Regarding ‘seeking to damage’ opponents in the playoffs, Brad Marchand takes a harsh stand.

Captain of the Boston Bruins Brad Marchand suffered an upper-body injury in Game 3 after center Sam Bennett hit him in the head, which caused him to miss the team’s next two playoff games against the Florida Panthers.

Marchand is addressing the situation as the Bruins trail 3-2 in the conference semifinals, which are a best-of-seven series.

The 36-year-old stated on Thursday that “trying to hurt” opponents is a part of the job description in the postseason and that he has no ill will towards Bennett.

As per a report by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, Boston manager Jim Montgomery is optimistic that Marchand might return for the crucial Game 6 at home on Friday. Prior to being cleared for the competition, Marchand “had boxes to check,” according to Montgomery.

The four-time All-Star winger “took regular line rushes and was on the first power-play unit” during Thursday’s practice, according to Wyshynski’s report, which is “encouraging sign.”

According to Wyshynski’s report, Marchand, who is currently tied for the team lead in postseason scoring with 10 points (three goals, seven assists), described Bennett as a “very physical player” but made it apparent that he was okay with the hit. The former fourth-overall pick was not fined for the play and the NHL Department of Player Safety did not impose any more sanctions on him.

“Someone attempts to hurt someone every time you foot on the ice. That’s just the way the playoffs work. That’s one advantage of being a part of a physical group. That’s why it’s uncommon to see small, competent teams succeed. since they suffer injuries,” Marchand remarked.

In the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Marchand and fellow winger Jake DeBrusk are tied for the team lead in points (ten). Right now, he leads the club in assists with seven. In the first two games of the series against the Panthers, Marchand recorded an assist in both games.

After dropping their first three games against the Panthers, the Bruins have now closed the series deficit to 3-2. In a 2-1 Bruins triumph, Boston goalie Jeremy Swayman made a major difference in Game 5. He turned away 28 of the 29 shots he faced.

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