Brad Marchand wasn’t pleased NHL spotter pulled him from Bruins comeback win

Matt Kalman
November 29, 2019 - 5:31 pm

The Bruins again rallied from behind to win a game, this time 3-2 after being down 2-0 against the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Friday.

They’ve now won six straight games, including the past two after trailing in the third period.

But when David Pastrnak scored the game-tying goal at 4:27 of the third period, he was on the ice with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk not because coach Bruce Cassidy had shuffled his lines, but because Brad Marchand had been removed from the game by one of the NHL’s concussion spotters.

Marchand had run into Jacob Trouba’s elbow late in the second period. He skated one shift of the third period before he was removed, smashing his stick on the boards near Boston’s bench before he headed down the tunnel.

After Krejci’s overtime goal got the two points, Marchand was still steaming, even though he returned to the game at the 9:13 mark of the third period.

“It’s embarrassing. They had 30 minutes, 20 minutes to sit there, view the tape and call it in,” Marchand said. “But they made me come out in a 2-1 game as we’re starting to get momentum. To do that, guys up there busy eating pizza and cheeseburgers, and can’t watch the game. So maybe next time he’ll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game.”

Cassidy also couldn’t understand why it took so long to make the decision to pull Marchand.

“This game’s on NBC. He gets hit at the end of the second period, and then they pull him at the start of the third. To me … we’re trying to market our best players. I thought it was fairly evident when he was hit, and then they decide to do it at the start of the third,” Cassidy said. “That’s the only explanation I got. I don’t know why they wouldn’t do it in between periods. There is an 18-minute intermission. …

“He checked out fine. It’s a little frustrating for him especially when it happened at the end of the second period, so I didn’t like the timing of it at all.”

Marchand returned to his usual spot next to Pastrnak and Krejci for the remainder of the game.

He wasn’t the only one that lost playing time, though, over the course of the day. Danton Heinen was benched the final 13:39 of the second period, Anders Bjork the last 10:17 of that session, as Cassidy looked to juice his team after another sluggish start. Both returned to play regularly in the third period.

“I just … think they weren’t hard enough on pucks. We shortened the bench, we’ve done that in the past to get people’s attention, we’ve done it in the past to get our game going,” Cassidy said. “So the guys that are going get out there a little more often to try to tilt the ice, and he happened to be in that mix.”

Sean Kuraly got a gift goal when he deflected DeBrusk’s shot off the post and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist knocked the puck in with his stick to cut New York’s lead to 2-1 at 18:28 of the second period. Then came the tying goal in the third with Marchand away from the team.

“Yeah I heard it, so that was nice. That was a good feeling, but you want to go through it with the guys not sitting in the back doing what you shouldn’t be,” Marchand said.

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