With the NHL playoffs less than a month away, one of the favorites to compete for the Stanley Cup has received a bit of bad news involving its leading scorer.
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been diagnosed with a mild concussion after receiving an elbow to the head from New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in Boston’s 5-4 win over the Devils on Wednesday. Volchenkov was suspended four games for the hit.
While not expected to be a long-term issue, the Bruins losing Marchand to a concussion can only be seen as bad news for a team fighting with the Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division crown. Marchand leads Boston with 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 38 games this season, two points better than Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
It’s the second major injury to hit the Bruins as the regular season hits the final stretch. The team lost Bergeron to a concussion as well a little over a week ago when the reigning Selke Trophy winner was hit with an errant elbow from Ottawa Senator Colin Greening.
The Bruins, of course, are no strangers to seeing top players fall to concussions. Top center Marc Savard was the victim of an infamous Matt Cooke cheap shot three years ago that effectively ended Savard’s NHL career. Needless to say, head coach Claude Julien can’t be too pleased seeing yet another key player missing from the lineup.