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Brad Marchand is not going to complain about his circumstances.

The Boston Bruins’ captain has missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury after taking a hit – and an apparent punch to the head – from Florida Panther Sam Bennett on Friday in Game 3.

Marchand fully participated in Thursday’s practice and, while he’s still listed as day to day, is hopeful to make a return in Game 6 at TD Garden Friday night.

It’s very tough to watch this time of year. You want to be part of it. It was great to be back out there and be around the energy and emotion,” Marchand said Thursday. “Just going through the steps and we will see how tomorrow goes.”


There has been much controversy over the play that sidelined Marchand and the lack of supplementary discipline to Bennett. However, Marchand isn’t bogged down by the politics of the hit and has accepted it as the nature of the postseason.

“I think [Bennett] got away with one, but that’s part of the game and definitely part of playoff hockey. It sucks to be on the other side of it, but that stuff happens. I’m not going to sit here and complain about it,” Marchand said.


“People don’t want to say it, but part of playoffs is trying to hurt every player on the other team. The more guys you take out, the more advantage your team has. People don’t say that, but that’s just a fact of the game.”


Marchand traveled with the Bruins to Florida for Game 5 and was as involved as he could be off the ice. His teammates put together a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Amerant Bank Arena to force a Game 6 as Boston now trails 3-2 in the second-round series. The prospect of Marchand reentering the lineup could be the boost the Bruins need to tie things up.