Brad Marchand Shows Progress but Likely Out for Game 5 as Bruins Demand NHL Transparency

Captain of the Boston Bruins Brad Marchand, who hasn’t been able to play since Game 3 after being hit by Florida’s Sam Bennett, showed encouraging signals on Monday by going to Florida and skating with the team. His availability for Game 5, which is a pivotal game in the Bruins’ elimination round, is still unknown.

Don Sweeney, general manager of the Boston Bruins, welcomed Marchand’s improvement but said the team would need to extend the series in order to get him back in the lineup.

Marchand was injured in Game 3 by a disputed blow to the head given by Bennett. There are concerns regarding the NHL’s decision to not penalize Bennett after a fresh perspective on the play exposed a right hook from him.

Sweeney emphasized the Department of Player Safety’s duty to safeguard athletes and demanded greater openness from them regarding their evaluation of such hits. Bennett, however, justified the hit by calling it a “hockey play.”

The Bruins, who are currently behind 3-1 in the series, suffer a serious setback in Marchand’s absence. His return would significantly increase the team’s chances of mounting a comeback because he is the top scorer on the team this postseason.

The Bruins have a must-win position in Game 5, and one of the main plot points will be how they can stop the Panthers’ momentum and force a Game 6. The series is heavily influenced by Marchand’s possible return, which heightens the interest of this already compelling playoff clash.

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