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Boston Bruins Brad Marchand makes surprising confession to media

Published May 16, 2024 at 2:02 PM

Brad Marchand holds no grudges against Sam Bennett, even if the latter was the source of the Boston Bruins captain missing two games with a suspected concussion.

Marchand missed time as a result of what could be deemed a dirty hit during game three of their respective series. Marchand, who himself has made a career of playing on the edge with all of his 5'9, 176-pound frame, had the following to say when asked about the incident that saw Bennett ultimately injure him:

Part of playoffs is trying to hurt every player on the other team. The more guys you take out, the more advantage your team has

And while Marchand may have said the quiet part loud in the sense that nobody will ever admit it, if you've been part of the game or watched hockey long enough, you know his sentiments are true, not just during the regular season but certainly during the playoffs, which is an entirely different animal altogether.

What isn't clear is if Marchand actually believes a clear intent to injure is necessary to win a hockey game or a series; his quote could simply mean that if you're playing hard, hurting someone is inevitable and likely to happen. What is absolutely true is his mention that if a team continues to lose players, the harder it is to win a game. No matter who you lose, the loss itself means the next man-up mentality really matters, and the longer you have to use the mentality itself, the more taxing it is on everyone involved.
May 16   |   215 answers
Boston Bruins Brad Marchand makes surprising confession to media

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