Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand’s Back On The Ice.


The Boston Bruins finally got on the win column the other night with a convincing 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Bruins were able to spread out the offense in their first win, and were able to produce even without last seasons’ leading scorer, Brad Marchand. Marchand had been concussed when he ran into Alexei Emelin during the B’s first match with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Brad Marchand found himself on the ice this morning. He was practicing with the team as they prepare for their Saturday game against the Arizona Coyotes. Marchand was allowed to get rid of his green ‘no contact’ jersey, and was allowed to wear the gold practice jersey he wears when he skates on Patrice Bergeron‘s line. While it’s not clear if the Bruins will allow the 27-year old forward to play in tomorrow’s game, Marchand seems optimistic.

“It was good to get out there and be in full practice with the guys, so I’ll guess how we see it goes tomorrow,” said Marchand after this morning’s practice. “It’s tough because you know you want to be back as soon as possible.”

Marchand knows the concussion protocols are serious business.  This is Marchand’s second concussion in his NHL career. Former Bruins players like Marc Savard and Nathan Horton were sidelined with severe concussions. Linemates Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson have also had concussion problems in the past, and he knows while it’s frustrating, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a head injury.

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  • “I’m just taking it day to day,” Marchand said on his adherence to the concussion protocols on Tuesday. “Right now, I’m just practicing with the team with no contact, and we’ll take it from there. Whatever the doctors tell me to do, I’m just going to do what they say. It’s early in the year, and I’m not going to rush back because of the results now. I’d rather miss another game or two than miss potentially a couple of months if I get hit again. It is very tough any time you sit out, especially if the team loses, but at the end of the day, it’s more beneficial to the team and for myself if I come back 100 percent and I don’t get injured again.”

    Marchand has yet to put up a point this season, but he’s strongly favored to be one of the team’s leading scorers in the Bruins 2015-16 season.

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