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SportMarchand appears to avert injury scare in Bruins' Cup tuneup

04:55  24 may  2019
04:55  24 may  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Bruins beat Carolina 2-1, take 3-0 series lead Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins. They have won six straight postseason games for the first time since 1978. They are one victory away from their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years. Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night. Calvin de Haan scored and Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.

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BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Bruins scoring leader Brad Marchand returned without missing a shift after appearing to hurt his left hand Thursday night when the team held an intrasquad scrimmage to tune up for the Stanley Cup Final.

Marchand misses Bruins' last practice before Cup Final

Marchand misses Bruins' last practice before Cup Final Brad Marchand was not on the ice for the Boston Bruins' last full practice before the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. Marchand injured his left hand in the team's intrasquad scrimmage Thursday but practiced Saturday. Karson Kuhlman skated in Marchand's place on the Bruins' top line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak on Sunday, which could indicate good news about the feisty winger being available for Game 1 Monday night. Marchand is Boston's leading scorer in the playoffs with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. He had 100 points on 36 goals and 64 assists during the regular season.

But Bruins forward Brad Marchand appeared to interfere with Lundqvist's stick right as the puck reached the netminder. Marchand skates into Lundqvist's stick immediately before the goal. Rangers didn't challenge. pic.twitter.com/4Q1qqN3ir6.

Marchand 's first full season as a regular, 2010-11, ended with the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972. Though the Bruins failed to make the playoffs in 2015-16, Marchand had an exceptional season. He scored 37 goals, sixth in the NHL, and led the team with a plus-21 rating.

Marchand bumped into Connor Clifton in front of the net ''and jammed his ... I don't know what he jammed,'' coach Bruce Cassidy said.

''Injury risk was our biggest concern tonight. It will be Saturday when we practice at the regular time, and Sunday,'' Cassidy said. ''He's fine.''

With 10 days off between their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals and Monday night's opener of the best-of-seven Cup final against the St. Louis Blues, the Bruins scheduled the scrimmage to stay sharp.

''It was good to get out there, and we appreciate the support,'' forward David Pastrnak said. ''It's starting to feel real.''

Tickets were $20 and the 17,565-seat TD Garden was sold out, with the proceeds going to the Boston Bruins Foundation. Fans chanted ''We Want the Cup!'' and ''Let's Go Bruins!'' and gave the team a standing ovation after Patrice Bergeron tipped a puck between his legs during a six-on-five, pulled goalie simulation before the buzzer.

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Marchand says he'd put cereal, baby, 'a lot of alcohol' in Stanley Cup Brad Marchand has made some interesting plans for his day with the Stanley Cup if the Boston Bruins win another championship. The forward listed two items and a baby when asked what he'd put in the trophy if his team wins it for the second time in eight years. What three things would #Bruins winger Brad Marchand @Bmarch63 put in the #StanleyCup if they won? "Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a baby and a lot of alcohol." pic.twitter.com/HcR8KOsVxu — Raul

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Staal was injured late in the second period of a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. Vigneault said Staal was held out of the game for precautionary reasons after sustaining what appeared to be an upper-body injury at 18:09 of the second period.

Captain Zdeno Chara and Bergeron, the alternate captain, thanked the crowd after the scrimmage.

Marchand skated off flexing his hand near the end of the first 25-minute half. He appeared to be in discomfort on the bench, but was back for his next shift.

Cassidy left it up to the players to decide how much work they needed.

Goaltender Tuukka Rask played just one half. Chara, who missed the clincher of the East finals for undisclosed reasons, played the entire game. David Krejci showed up at the arena with an illness and was sent home, but he should be fine for Monday's game, Cassidy said.

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