TORONTO Brad Marchand didnt finish the game after taking a tumble into the boards in the second period of Saturday nights win, but Claude Julien said he was taken out largely for precautionary purposes.
The play in question was in the middle of the second period as the Bs agitator crashed the net down with the left wing with Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek riding on his back. Marchand tripped over a piece of goaltender James Reimers equipment and went crashing into the end boards with his shoulder, neck and back taking the brunt of the collision.
The play continued and finally stopped on a Tyler Seguin goal that was waved off as incidental contact goaltender interference based on the original play with Marchand. But the left wing skated over to the bench hunched over and in obvious pain. He skated a shift or two more and then was replaced by Gregory Campbell on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Marchand never came out with the team for the third period and its too early for Julien to really have any good idea whether the winger will be able to suit up against Montreal at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night.
It wasnt to the point where he couldnt have played in a pinch and he wanted to stay in, but Im going back to what Ive said from the beginning, said Julien. It was a precautionary move on our part where we said rather than make it worse, lets pull him back.
We dont want to lose players for the long term to injury by pushing players through minor ones. We hope that after he gets reevaluated and things settle down that hell be better quickly. We dont want to lose players long term so sometimes were going to be over-cautious.
Expect the Nose Face Killah to be announced as day-to-day with an upper body injury in the parlance of our hockey times once the Bruins regroup back at their home base on Sunday.
The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.
Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:
K. Miller-C. Miller
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America.
*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts.
*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time.
*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis.
*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night.
*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak.
*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point.
*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes.