BOSTON -- It was quite a night for Brad Marchand.
The Nose Face Killah ended up scoring the game-winning goal on a second period strike that handed the Bruins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and then minutes later he got clobbered by Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader. The game was tied 1-1 coming out of the first period, and Marchand wasted no team giving the Bruins the lead just 36 seconds into the second period.
Marchand rushed down the right wing while carrying the puck into the offensive zone, and fired a sniper shot from the right face-off circle past a kneeling Niklas Kronwall that tucked just inside the far post.
The Bruins would add a couple of goals to make it a 4-1 final score, and Claude Julien liked what he saw of Marchand after experiencing what he termed an “average” training camp in Boston.
“I think he was much better tonight. I just grabbed him before the game, and we know what he can do. I think the biggest thing for him was to try and play more of a north-south type of game, and he responded extremely well,” said Julien. “I saw that a little bit more in him tonight; just kind of stabilized his game a lot more.
“Before he seemed to be on the left sideline one minute and the right side the next; he was a little bit all over. Sometimes when you try too hard it just makes it worse, and simple sometimes is better. I thought he did that tonight and it was nice to see him get a goal because of that.”
Unfortunately minutes later Marchand was down and out on the ice after Abdelkader slammed into him after leaving his skates while seemingly trying to avoid hitting the Bruins player. It was part of a four player pileup with Marchand, Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron involved, but it was only Marchand that stayed down on the ice afterward.
No penalties were called resulting from the play, but Marchand retired to the dressing room to check in with the B’s medical staff. He returned a few minutes later and seemed to be pointing to one of his legs as the problem spot stemming from the collision, but it also appeared Abdelkader might have made contact with Marchand’s head.
Either way, Department of Player Safety Director Brendan Shanahan tweeted out that the play was considered an “accidental collision” by the league shortly after midnight on Sunday morning. Marchand finished out Saturday night’s game while playing 13:15 of ice time, but he wasn’t available to update his condition following Boston’s victory over the Red Wings.