Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not play the final 13:45 of Boston’s 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at TD Garden.
Coach Claude Julien was asked about Marchand’s absence and gave the following cryptic answer:
“He’s not injured per se, but he wasn’t 100 percent. And it was a safe route to take I guess.”
Marchand set up Patrice Bergeron’s game-winning goal at 19:10 of the second period. The left winger skated for 12:28 and was plus-2 with two shots on net. The only thing visible that might’ve rattled Marchand was a second-period collision he had with Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore. Marchand made it to the bench but was obviously shaken up. He played after the collision.
In Marchand’s absence, Julien put Chris Kelly on left wing next to Bergeron and Reilly Smith. Milan Lucic then moved next to Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson.
It wasn’t crazy to think that Marchand had been benched because Julien has used ice time to punish Marchand in the past. Also, Julien sat out forward Daniel Paille for much of the first period against the Hurricanes after the forward’s turnover led to Carolina’s only goal.