Brad Marchand has been the Boston Bruins’ best and most valuable player during the 2021-22 NHL season, but they might be forced to play without him for a bit.
Marchand was drilled from behind along the boards by Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway during the second period of Thursday night’s game at TD Garden.
Hathaway was just given a two-minute penalty for interference. Marchand took one more short shift, then exited the game and didn’t return.
Here’s a look at the hit in question:
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t have much of an update after Boston’s 4-3 win over the Capitals. He noted Marchand has an upper body injury and didn’t speculate if the veteran forward would miss any games.
Marchand had trouble raising his right arm after the hit:
Cassidy did offer his take on the hit, and he’s clearly upset about it.
“The March one I didn’t like at all,” he explained. “The officials right there in front of it didn’t call it. The trail officials called it. I’m not sure why the guy watching it didn’t. He hit the guy in the numbers in a vulnerable spot. We’ve seen that from that player in the past, too. So I didn’t like that one at all. I guess the league may or may not look at it. When it comes to Marchy, sometimes they kind of move on. But in this particular case it seemed…