Marchand skating; not cleared to play

April, 15, 2013
4/15/13
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BOSTON -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand (concussion) skated for the second day in a row and participated in the teams’ morning skate Monday, but he has not been cleared to play.

Marchand has missed two games since he suffered the injury on April 10 against the New Jersey Devils, but since he’s skated the last two days all he needs to do now is participate in contract drills before he gets clearance to return.

Marchand had a concussion when he was 16, but it wasn’t as significant as his most recent one. He took an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in Boston’s 5-4 win, and it didn’t take long for the NHL to hand down a four-game suspension.

“That stuff happens and I’ve been on both sides of it,” Marchand said. “The game happens quickly and the league took care of it, so I’ve put it behind me.

“I was a little worried right away once I get hit – my head was pounding and I felt a little different. I was a little foggy but I remember everything, which is good because it could have been a lot worse. I’m just trying to make sure that every day I feel a little bit better and hopefully I’ll be able to play soon.”

In 38 games this season, Marchand is leading the Bruins in scoring with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points, including a plus-22 rating.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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