Brad Marchand ruled out of Game 4 vs. Panthers after collision with Sam Bennett: 'It hurts everybody'


BOSTON – Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand will miss Game 4 with an upper-body injury. Coach Jim Montgomery classified Marchand as day-to-day. Montgomery declined to answer whether Marchand was hurt.

The Bruins believe Marchand was injured by Sam Bennett during a first-period collision in Game 3. Slow-motion video replays show Bennett punching Marchand in the head with his right hand. Marchand played for two periods but did not return in the third.

“I think it upset everybody,” Trent Frederick said of Bennett's punch and its consequences. “Honestly, I think this whole team impresses everybody. Obviously, there are some individuals who make people more depressed, more crazy. Maybe it's frustration. You still have to go out and work. “We are still down 2-1, trying to make it 2-2.”

Bennett was not penalized for the play and was not subject to supplemental discipline.

“I don't think I'd classify it as dirty,” Montgomery said after the Bruins' optional morning skate on Sunday. “I just thought it was out of bounds. I think this is someone who plays the game on the sidelines. And he knew what he was doing. I don't know if you have seen the picture from the back or not. But clearly…he's had his fill.”

The Bruins did not respond to Bennett during the game. They were unaware that Kendra had thrown a punch.

“I think it's my fault that we didn't respond to some degree,” Montgomery said. “But you're trying to get back in the game. It's ahead 1-0 until we get a four-minute power play. Then we start the third and score immediately. Now we've got juice. There are a few reasons why we didn't do this. “It’s something I take personal responsibility for.”

The Bruins may hold Bennett to account for the incident in Game 4. If so, it is unknown whether Bennett will have the green light to respond. In Game 2, David Pastrnak accepted Matthew Tkachuk's invitation to fight.

“There's going to be a time in the game when that can happen,” Frederick said. “This is something we can address. This is a 2-1 series. We also have to become smart. We have given them too many power plays already. Try to limit it and do it smartly.

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