Bruins provide crucial update on Brad Marchand for tonight’s Game 6  

Bruins provide crucial update on Brad Marchand for tonight’s Game 6


Chris Gosselin

There is a sense of hope in Boston as it has been confirmed by the Bruins and head coach Jim Montgomery that captain and star forward Brad Marchand is a game-time decision for tonight’s Game 6 in the second round series against the Florida Panthers.

Marchand was injured during the first period of Game 3, and hasn’t played since, but could return in Game 6 on Friday. We will find out after warmups later tonight.

The Bruins’ captain suffered a hit to the head from Panthers forward Sam Bennett, though no call was made on the play. The injury is said to be an upper-body ailment.

“The more guys you take out, the more advantage your team has,” Marchand said Thursday. “People don’t say that but that’s just a fact of the game. So every time you step on the ice, someone’s trying to hurt someone. That’s just how it goes in the playoffs.”

Getting Marchand back would be a significant boost for Boston as he is tied with winger Jake DeBrusk for the Bruins’ lead in points (10) during the postseason. His seven assists currently lead the team in that department.

The Bruins forced a Game 6 in Boston on Tuesday and have benefited from an extra rest day.

They could push the series to seven contests, especially if goalie Jeremy Swayman puts out another stellar performance, like he did in Game 5 when he turned aside 28 of the 29 shots that he faced in a 2-1 Bruins victory.

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