Marchand played through a groin injury over the final six-to-seven games of the playoffs. On the plus side, Marchand will not need surgery, with a full offseason ahead of him to recover from the issue. While the end of Marchand's stellar 2017-18 run was marred by some regrettable on-ice conduct, the 5-foot-9, 181-pounder played at an elite level during the regular season, logging 34 goals and 85 points in 68 games while manning the left wing of the Bruins' top line. Marchand's close-to-the-edge style of play continues to make him very difficult to compete against, but he does tend to occasionally cross the line. With a growing list of transgressions to his name, Marchand figures to head into next season on the continued radar of the NHL's disciplinarians. As such, the soon-to-be 30-year-old is one sketchy play away from his next suspension, but as long as he can stay on the ice he'll remain a top-flight producer in both real and fantasy terms.
Marchand was put "on notice," but not suspended, after a licking incident in Game 4 against the Lightning. Marchand made headlines after licking or kissing Leo Komarov's neck in the Bruins' first-round series against the Leafs and Friday, he licked Ryan Callahan -- chin to nose -- up the face. Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive VP and director of hockey ops, put Marchand on notice that his actions are unacceptable and any similar behavior in future will result in supplemental discipline. Marchand needs to clean up his game and lick this habit fast -- Boston is on the brink of elimination and the Honey Badger is far more valuable when he's scoring than when he's making bad decisions that detract from the game.
Marchand (undisclosed) is viewed as a game-time decision for Friday night's playoff game against the Lightning. The same applies to Jake DeBrusk, with both players having been given maintenance days Thursday. "They have some nicks," coach Bruce Cassidy noted Friday morning, "I believe they will play." Through 10 postseason outings thus far, Marchand has logged four goals and 15 points, while skating on the Bruins' top line.
Marchard assisted on both the Bruins' goals in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 2. Much like the first-round series with Toronto, Marchand has kicked things off against Tampa Bay with six points (one goal, five assists) in the first two games. The Leafs held the 29-year-old to only three points in five games the rest of the way, but it remains to be seen if the Bolts can also find a way to slow down the Bruins' top line.
Marchand led the Bruins to a 6-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday with a goal and three assists. The Honey Badger and linemates David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron started Game 1 against Tampa Bay just like they did in Game 1 against the Maple Leafs -- with a bang. The trio combined for 11 points Saturday and Marchand now has 13 points in eight games this postseason.
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