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Bruins’ Frederic: Sam Bennett Hit ‘Pisses off Everyone’ amid Brad Marchand Injury | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on May 12, 2024

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The Boston Bruins aren’t happy with Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett after his hit on B’s captain Brad Marchand in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Marchand appeared to be in some pain after taking a hit from Bennett. pic.twitter.com/MWsczrMDOU

“I think it pisses off everyone,” Bruins center Trent Frederic said, per Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic.

“I think this whole team kind of ticks everyone off, to be honest. There’s some individuals, obviously, that make guys more frustrated, more mad. Maybe it’s frustration. You’ve still got to go out and do the job. We’re still down 2-1, trying to make it 2-2.”

Bruins center Pavel Zacha also fired a warning shot to Florida in response to the hit, per ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.

“I think we have to really go after their top guys. To let them know it’s not OK. To go after our captain, that’s not OK with us. We’re ready to be physical again today and be a little bit harder on them,” Zacha said.

And Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery provided his thoughts.

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“People can say it wasn’t intentional, but we have our view of it.”

Jim Montgomery’s full comments on the Sam Bennett-Brad Marchand collision that injured the Bruins captain. pic.twitter.com/1sgAehh4QH

“I don’t think I classified it as dirty. I just think it was outside the lines. I think it was someone that plays the game on the edge and he knew what he was doing…he loaded up,” Montgomery told reporters.

On replay, Bennett appeared to hit Marchand in the head with his gloved right hand in the first period. Marchand played through two periods but did not return for the third.

Marchand, who is leading all Bruins in postseason scoring with three goals and seven assists, will miss Game 4 on Sunday with an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.

The Panthers are up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Puck drop in Boston for Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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