By Joe Haggerty
VANCOUVER The Bruins got a bit of a scare at Friday mornings practice when Brad Marchand took a shot off the right leg in front of the net, and immediately went down like a ton of bricks. Marchand stayed down in front of the net for roughly a minute and then was helped off the ice after taking the Patrice Bergeron shot to his right leg, and never put any weight or pressure on the leg.But in a spate of good news for the Black and Gold, Marchand indicated after Friday mornings practice at Pacific Coliseum that his leg seemed to be okay, and Bruins coach Claude Julien was hoping that it was simply a stinger.Marchand said there wasnt any testing or X-rays scheduled, and that he felt hed be just fine.Im okay, yeah. I just got a shot in the leg and Im going to be a little sore, said Marchand, who wouldnt get any more specific with the area where the shot landed on his right leg. But Im fine. I knew it was going to be okay and it wasnt going to be anything serious. But it was pretty painful at the time, and it hit me pretty hard. I wasnt able to feel it. Im just going to ice it up and get it ready for Saturday.Julien said he had an idea it wasnt anything too serious when it happened on the ice, but watching a player basically get carried off the ice cant ever scream out good news. Losing a rookie winger thats sparked the Bs with 34 points, 19 goals and a plus-24 would be a big blow, but Julien all but assured that hed be in the lineup against the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.Thats always been part of the game, and stuff like that happens, said Julien. I really felt when I saw the shot going it was one of those things that he was just banged up a little bit but I was feeling confident that just got a little bit of stinger.Were hoping thats the case, and thats what Ive been told.
By Joe Haggerty