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Brad Marchand's season potentially over according to source

Published May 11, 2024 at 8:34 PM

In a playoff game filled with intensity and drama, the clash between the Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers took a dark turn when Panthers forward Sam Bennett delivered a hit to Bruins captain Brad Marchand that could potentially end his season.

The incident has sparked widespread debate and raised questions about player safety and the role of physicality in playoff hockey. The hit occurred during Game 3 of the series, as Bennett caught Marchand up high with a hit that left him in concussion protocol.

Scoops: Brad Marchand out for at least Game 4 and Game 5, concussion protocol. Sources tell @RichKeefeShow #NHLBruins   

While the severity of Marchand's injury is still being assessed, it is clear that the Bruins may have to navigate the rest of the playoffs without their key player, dealing a significant blow to their championship aspirations.

It truly is crazy how Bennett does throw that fist/butt end into Marchand's head here. I can't believe TNT didn't pick up on this. I know it would've been headline central if roles were reversed

What makes this incident even more contentious is Bennett's history of controversial plays in the playoffs. Just a year prior, Bennett was involved in an incident that resulted in an injury to a player from another team. The lack of supplemental discipline from the NHL for Bennett's hit on Marchand has only added fuel to the fire, especially considering the league had issued warnings to both teams prior to the game.

The fallout from this incident extends beyond the immediate impact on the Bruins' lineup. It has reignited discussions about the fine line between physical play and dangerous hits in hockey, particularly in the high-stakes environment of playoff hockey. While some argue that Bennett's hit was a legitimate part of the game, others believe it crossed the line into dangerous territory and should have resulted in disciplinary action.

As the series between the Bruins and the Panthers continues, all eyes will be on how both teams respond to this controversy. With tensions running high and emotions boiling over, the remaining games are sure to be intense and closely scrutinized by fans, players, and league officials alike.

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