Marchand revealed Friday that he was dealing with groin and oblique issues, as well as a sprained hand during the Stanley Cup Finals, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. Marchand had his moments during the Bruins' 4-3 series loss to the Blues, but it's not especially surprising to find out that he was playing with some aches and pains, given that his overall game seemed to be lacking some of the jump and finishing ability that propelled the 31-year-old to an outstanding 36-goal, 100-point regular-season effort. The feisty winger now has the offseason to heal up and should be at or near full strength by the time the Bruins hit the ice again.
Marchand scored a power-play goal and added a helper in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6. The two-point effort brings Marchand up to 23 points (nine goals, 14 helpers) in as many games in the postseason. When Marchand scores, the Bruins are 25-1 all time and 8-0 this year in the playoffs. If he can find twine in Wednesday's Game 7, it could be a critical moment with the Stanley Cup on the line.
Marchand posted a power-play assist in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3. It was a fairly quiet night for the left wing, but the helper keeps him on a point-per-game pace with eight goals and 12 helpers in 20 postseason contests. Eleven of his points have come on the man advantage. Marchand should continue to make regular contributions to the offense with the Bruins sitting just two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Marchand scored an empty-net goal in Monday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Marchand had four shots on goal in the contest. The winger leads the Bruins with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 18 postseason games and will likely play a key role on offense during the Cup finals.
Marchand, as expected, will be in the lineup against the Blues for Game 1 on Monday, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports, after taking a maintenance day Sunday. There was almost zero chance that Marchand would actually miss Game 1, but fantasy owners can be assured that the All-Star winger will be in action. The Nova Scotia native racked up 18 points in 17 postseason contests and figures to continue being the focal point of the Bruins' attack.
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