BOSTON -- Brad Marchand took a hard hit off the dasher after a collision with towering Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers late in the third period, and immediately dropped his stick while skating hunched over toward the bench. Marchand never left the bench area, but he also never returned for the waning moments of Bostons 3-1 win over the Sabres at TD Garden.
That meant Marchand was out of the game for the final four minutes of regulation as his teammates scrambled to protect a two-goal lead with Buffalo pulling the goaltender.
The Bs agitator wasnt spotted after the game in the locker room, but Bruins coach Claude Julien said Marchand was fine following the game. He was ready to jump back into the fray, but Julien opted to drop Chris Kelly onto the Patrice Bergeron line in case there was a face-off and No. 37 was kicked out of the face-off dot.
Some thought the worst given Bostons recent string of bad luck with player injuries, but they dodged any trouble this time around.
Marchand was good to go. There was no issue there and that was a good hit. I think he was just a little stung by it and came back to the bench. But then he was good to go, said Julien. It wasnt anything to do with the hit, in case you were wondering about concussions.
He was ready to go if he didnt skate another shift. It was near the end of the game with about four minutes left. I ended up putting Kelly out there as another centerman to take the draw in case Bergy Bergeron got kicked out. Marchand never did get a chance but he wouldve been ready to go.
Overall the Little Ball of Hate was a little too quiet against the Sabres in victory and finished with only a single shot on net in 15:10 of ice time before getting parked on the pine for the final four minutes of the game.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.
They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.
Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.
David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.
The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.
That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.