Brad Marchand goes out for the rest of the season

Brad Marchand of the Bruins was hurt by Sam Bennett’s sucker punch.

On Friday, May 10, the Boston Bruins fell to the Florida Panthers 6-2 in Game 3, but it’s possible that they lost something much more significant in the long run.

Brad Marchand, the captain of the Bruins, did not show up for practice on Saturday, May 11. According to Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub, head coach Jim Montgomery has announced that his forward is “day-to-day” due to a “upper-body injury.”

Furthermore, Montgomery elaborated on his understanding of what transpired with Marchand during Game 3. The captain was forced to leave the game early due to a first-period collision with Sam Bennett of the Florida Panthers.

“My eyes weren’t on that in real time. According to Ty Anderson, Montgomery stated on Saturday, “Having seen it, there’s a history there with Bennett.” Other journalists, such as ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, have verified Montgomery’s claim. “What transpired is amply supported by the evidence.”

The NHL will not ban or sanction Bennett for the hit, according to a report by David Pagnotta on May 11, following the practice on Saturday and the remarks made by Jim Montgomery.

At first, not many people knew what had transpired during Marchand and Bennett’s on-ice altercation. The Bruins skipper fell on the ice as both of them crashed hard.

Marchand’s injury was briefly mentioned in a piece that appeared on Heavy on the morning of May 11th, reporting on Jim Montgomery’s postgame remarks and accepting the blame for the defeat.

The hit tape has undergone additional examination, which has shown that Marchand and Bennett’s on-ice altercation was most likely real. Montgomery’s remarks on Bennett’s “history” and the “evidence of what went on” are the result of it.

An X user named @to_do_82 uploaded a slow-motion video of Bennett’s hit performance on May 10 as midnight ET approached.

Bennett makes a clear contact and strikes Marchand’s head on its right side with his right arm and hand, catching his attention. This causes Marchand’s head to twist sharply to the left, perhaps concussing the Bruins captain.

As coach Montgomery noted, when seeing the play in real time, most onlookers mistook Bennett’s shoulder and back for a straightforward, natural collision due to the play’s rapid pace.

The punch notion appears to be supported by the reverse perspective that was presented during Game 3’s TNT broadcast. It’s evident how little Bennett’s back and shoulder affect Marchand. But his head is touched by the gloved right hand.

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