Thursday wasn’t exactly filled with good news for the Bruins. Not only was their bid to sign Swedish forward Carl Soderberg blocked by Sweden, but the team also confirmed that Brad Marchand suffered a mild concussion the previous night.
Marchand left the second period of Wednesday’s game New Jersey after taking an elbow to the head from the Devils’ Anton Volchenkov. The blow appeared to be intentional on Volchenkov’s part and struck Marchand around the left ear. Marchand collapsed to the ice for a few minutes before being helped into off the ice. He did not return to the game.
The incident landed Volchenkov with a four game suspension from the league, but it’s not much consolation for the Bruins, who have been forced to battle through some adversity as of late. Bruins fans also have to be concerned with Marchand’s health, the team has already lost Patrice Bergeron to a concussion (though he’s on the road to recovery) and, with the playoffs right on the horizon, they’re going to need their top six forwards at 100%.