BOSTON -- While it looks like Patrice Bergeron may be returning for the B’s tonight, Brad Marchand won’t be coming back from a concussion on Monday. However the winger is well on his way to recovering from a nasty concussion suffered against the New Jersey Devils, and has he returned to the practice ice for the Black and Gold.
Marchand was back on the ice skating with healthy scratches Jordan Caron and Jay Pandolfo for Monday morning’s skate at TD Garden, and he felt good after absorbing an Anton Volchenkov elbow to the side of the head April 10 in New Jersey. Marchand returned to the ice on Sunday while the rest of his teammates had the day off, and he was encouraged enough with how he felt to join them for morning skate on Monday.
“Hopefully I can get into contact soon,” said Marchand, who said that contact during practice could come as soon as Tuesday. “I had a headache or two in the next couple of days and felt a little ‘off.’ The last couple of days I’ve just tried to get lots of rest so I could get better. I felt good today so hopefully I continue to improve.”
Marchand has missed only two games since suffering the concussion, and he said he’s chomping at the bit to get back into the lineup. Marchand confirmed it’s his second concussion after suffering one as a 16-year-old junior hockey player, but he’s been pleased with the rate of rapid recovery from what looked like a pretty nasty blow to the head.
“I felt pretty good so hopefully I continue to get better,” said Marchand. “I saw [the hit] the other day for the first time. That stuff happens. I’ve been on both sides of it and the game happens quickly. The league took care of it so I’m going to put it behind me."
“Especially a guy like [Volchenkov] who plays a physical game, but you don’t ever like it when it happens to you. I guess that’s what you could say about it. But the league took care of it and I’m just going to put it behind me.”
While Monday is out, the upward trend of Marchand’s recovery means that he may be making his welcomed return this week amid a packed schedule of games for the Black and Gold as they ready for the playoffs.