The Boston Bruins can’t shake the injury bug.
Captain Zdeno Chara (upper body injury) has yet to play in the team’s first two games – both losses – and now comes word that agitating forward Brad Marchand is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Coach Claude Julien announced Marchand’s issue at the team’s Sunday practice.
CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty pinpointed the play where Marchand got hurt in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Montreal.
Brad Marchand and defenseman Matt Irwin were both missing from the Ristuccia Arena ice for Sunday’s practice. Marchand was forced out of the Habs loss in the third period when he was caught with an inadvertent elbow to the head from Montreal grinder forward Dale Weise. It doesn’t take much of medical leap to assume that the Bruins' agitator might have sustained his second career concussion in the NHL and sure enough, Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed as much after practice. There is no timetable as of yet for his return to the lineup.
The 27-year-old Marchand is one of the team’s core players and the Bruins were counting on him to maintain some level of stability after a summer that saw the team trade stalwarts Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. Marchand has scored 21 goals or more in each of his full seasons. In 45 games in the 2012-13 lockout-shortened year he notched 18 scores.
Said Big Bad Blog:
As Boston’s leading goal-scorer in two of the last three seasons, he would be a major piece for Boston to lose for any period of time.
As far as good news for the Bruins, Chara is “questionable” for the team’s Monday game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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