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Riley Nash doesn't believe Bruins targeted him after David Krejci hit

Riley Nash doesn't believe Bruins targeted him after David Krejci hit

That Riley Nash was on the receiving end of a brutal hit in Game 2 was no surprise.

But if the Columbus Blue Jackets forward feels singled out, he's not letting on.

Nash was asked Tuesday if he thought the Bruins targeted him in Saturday's Game 2 after he injured Boston forward David Krejci with a big hit in Game 1 of the teams' second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

"I respect those guys and think they respect our club," Nash responded, via the Columbus Post-Dispatch. "By all means, I don’t think a guy in this league is going to put a bounty on a guy’s head. ... Then this league gets into prison rules.

"... That's playoff hockey right there. There's going to be hits like that."

Intentions aside, Nash felt the full brunt of Zdeno Chara's payback hit, which sent the Blue Jackets winger to the dressing room just seconds into Game 2.

He returned to action later in Columbus' eventual overtime win, though, and apparently intends to play in Tuesday's Game 3 after insisting he didn't enter concussion protocol following Chara's hit.

Nash knows these Bruins well, having spent the past two seasons in Boston before joining the Jackets in 2018. But according to The Athletic's Joe McDonald, just because he's saying the right things doesn't mean he's cozying up to his old mates.

Puck drop in Columbus is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday with series tied at one game apiece.

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Brad Marchand throws shade at former teammate Riley Nash after Bruins win

Brad Marchand throws shade at former teammate Riley Nash after Bruins win

The Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets were engaged in a hard-hitting Game 1 in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two teams combined for 71 hits, and the physical play caught the attention of Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

In particular, one player's physicality surprised Marchand. It was his former Bruins teammate, Riley Nash. Nash had four hits in the game. Marchand, in trademark fashion, threw some shade at Nash for his physical play, per our own Joe Haggerty.

I don’t think he had a hit in two years with us.

This is classic Marchand. He likes to try to get in his opponent's heads and take digs at them throughout the series. He's just getting started with the Blue Jackets, and Nash was a logical target because of their previous relationship as teammates.

In fairness to Nash, he did record 153 hits during his two-season stint with the Bruins (157 games). So Marchand's count of his physicality was a little bit of an exaggeration.

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Krejci (upper body) day-to-day after getting knocked out of Game 1

Krejci (upper body) day-to-day after getting knocked out of Game 1

BOSTON – The Bruins started their second-round playoff series relatively healthy and they hope that is still the case after David Krejci was knocked out of Game 1 late in the proceedings.

Krejci exited Boston’s 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period after absorbing a big hit from Riley Nash at the defensive blue line and didn't return for the rest of the third period or OT. Coach Bruce Cassidy said following the win that Krejci was “day-to-day” with what appeared to be an upper-body injury after his right shoulder absorbed most of the contact in the forceful collision.

Cassidy also confirmed that Krejci had not suffered a concussion, which is good news for Boston considering how key No. 46 is to the Bruins' chances of going on a long playoff run this spring.

“He didn’t finish the game. We saw that. I would rule him as day-to-day for now. First thing someone said was well is he in [concussion] protocol – no, it’s not a concussion. He got hit,” said Cassidy. “He left the game, and by the time he was available to come back, the game was over. So we’ll see how he is in the morning. Hopefully, have an update for you then if it’s anything more serious than day-to-day.”

The nature of Cassidy’s comments sounded a hopeful tone that Krejci would be okay after missing some key moments in Game 1.

Krejci finished with four shot attempts, a blocked shot and 8-for-12 on face-offs in 15:36 of ice time and was denied an assist on a beautiful feed for a first-period Charlie McAvoy one-timer that Sergei Bobrovsky somehow kept from going into the net.

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