NHL has been dominated by tough guys and enforcers ever since it existed. Brad Marchand is just another one of these enforcers. The fact that Marchand also plays for the "big bad Bruins" adds to his reputation of being the game's nastier enforcers.
However, unlike other enforcers in the league, Brad Marchand's role in the Bruin's team is more than just pushing, shoving and fighting. Marchand is often juggled around the first and second lines of Boston's offence and plays in the first power play unit as well. He is a very important piece of the Boston Bruin's team and contributes greatly on both ends of the ice.
During Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, Marchand and the Bruins were more than happy to crush their speedy rivals. After seeing an open Dale Wiese, Brad Marchand decided to go in for a tackle from behind.
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Unfortunately for Marchand, he ended up being crushed by Dale Wiese's elbow. Wiese, who was completely unaware of the approaching Marchand, raised his elbow and the unlucky Marchand flew right into it.
Marchand collapsed like a log and stayed down for a few seconds after he was finally able to stand up and slowly skate to the Bruin's bench. Soon after the game, Marchand was diagnosed with a concussion. Bruin's coach Claude Julien stated that Marchand will be out indefinitely.
The Bruin's team have also been plagued by injuries this season. Key defense men Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg are currently suffering from upper body and back injuries respectively.
To add insult to injury, the Boston Bruins also lost to their historic rivals by the score of 4-2. Hopefully Brad Marchand can recover soon as his team will be missing out a lot from his offensive production and physical presence.