On Monday, Brad Marchand signed a lucrative eight-year, $49 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins. On Thursday, he scored the winning goal — on the penalty kill — for Team Canada, as it fought back to win Game 2 of the World Cup final by a score of 2-1. Patrice Bergeron and Marchand scored 2:09 apart late in the third period, as the Canadians came back to stun Team Europe, which had controlled a good portion of Thursday’s game. While it had been the line of Bergeron, Sidney Crosby and Marchand that had caused the opposition problems in this tournament, Jonathan Toews actually set up the winner, as he rushed up the ice on the penalty kill and dropped to Marchand. The Bruins forward
The St. Louis Blues will have to start the season without one of their most dangerous forwards, Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz “will miss at least four weeks after injuring his left elbow during a training camp practice on Sept. 29,” the club announced today. It’s another frustration for the 25-year-old winger. Schwartz was limited to just 33 games last season, after fracturing his ankle in October. As for this latest injury, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock originally predicted that Schwartz would only need a “couple of days off.” St. Louis opens its regular season Oct. 12 in Chicago. If Schwartz is out until the end of October, he’ll miss nine games. Related: Schwartz signs five-year extension
The San Jose Sharks have revealed the illness that prospect forward Timo Meier has been dealing with during training camp. Timo Meier is expected to be unable to play in any NHL or AHL games for approximately four weeks after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. It was reported yesterday that Meier, selected ninth overall in 2015, had been held off the ice for five straight days due to the illness.