Brad Marchand out for Game 4 vs. Panthers after collision with Sam Bennett: ‘It pisses off everyone’

BOSTON — Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand will not play in Game 4 due to an upper-body injury. Coach Jim Montgomery listed Marchand as day-to-day. Montgomery declined to answer whether Marchand suffered a concussion.

The Bruins believe Marchand was injured by Sam Bennett in a first-period collision in Game 3. The slow-motion video replay appears to show Bennett hitting Marchand in the head with his right hand. Marchand played for two periods but did not return in the third.

“I think it pisses everyone off,” Trent Frederic said of Bennett’s punch and its aftermath. “I think this whole team annoys everyone, to be honest. There are obviously certain people who make men more frustrated, more angry. Maybe it’s frustration. You still have to go out and do the work. We are still 2-1 down and trying to make it 2-2.

Bennett was not penalized for this play and was not subject to additional disciplinary action.

“I don’t think I classified it as dirty,” Montgomery said after the Bruins’ optional morning skate Sunday. “I just thought it was out of bounds. I think he’s someone who plays the game on the limit. And he knew what he was doing. I don’t know if you saw the photo of the back. But there’s clearly… he charged.

The Bruins didn’t respond in the game against Bennett. They didn’t know the center had thrown a punch.

“I think it’s my fault that we didn’t fight back to some extent,” Montgomery said. “But you try to get back in the game. It’s 1-0 until they get the four-minute power play. Then we start the third and we score straight away. Now we have juice. There are reasons why we haven’t done it. This is something I take personal responsibility for.

The Bruins could ask Bennett to answer for the Game 4 incident. If that’s the case, it’s unclear if Bennett would have the green light to respond. In the second match, David Pastrnak accepted Matthew Tkachuk’s invitation to fight.

“There may be a point in the game where that could happen,” Frédéric said. “That’s something we could address.” It’s a 2-1 series. We also have to be smart. We’ve already given them a lot of power plays. Try to limit it and do it intelligently.

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