NEWARK, NJ -- The Bruins might be down another one of their top players due to a concussion.
There was nothing official as far a diagnosis went and no update available after Boston’s 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center, but Brad Marchand absorbed an Anton Volcenkov elbow to the head with less than five minutes to go in the second period.
The head shot knocked him out of the game and leaves a lot of question marks surrounding his availability.
The Bruins agitator immediately felt to the ice and needed assistance from his teammates before he wandered down the runway toward the dressing room with wobbly legs. He wouldn’t return to the game after presumably going to the Quiet Room, but coach Claude Julien didn’t provide much of an update tafter the win.
“He’s been looked at," said Julien. "He wasn’t coming back after the second period. Our trainers said he wouldn’t be back . . . whether it’s being cautious or not, I don’t know. We’ll let our doctors give me the verdict before I say anything.”
Volcheknov was slapped with a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct for the elbowing infraction, and it clearly looked like the kind of egregious head shot the NHL is trying to police out of the game.
“All I was told is that [Volcheknov] jumped and there was an elbow to the head," said Julien. That’s the kind of stuff we’re trying to get out of the game . . .
“I saw it quickly, and there was no doubt he deserved the five [minutes] and the game. We’ll see how the league sees it.”
The New Jersey defenseman was suspended two years ago for delivering an elbow to the head of Zach Boychuk, so he would be viewed as a repeat offender in the eyes of the Department of Player Safety. The Bruins are already down one player from that highly effective line with Patrice Bergeron also shelved with a concussion, and Marchand will be sorely missed if he’s gone for a week or two with the same kind of injury.