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Brad Marchand misses skate

Updated: May 1, 2014, 3:40 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand missed Thursday's morning skate as the team prepared to open its second-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

Bruins coach Claude Julien would not elaborate on the reason for his absence, saying only that Marchand "took his option." Marchand missed practice Tuesday but returned Wednesday and spoke with the media after practice.

Because Marchand was absent Thursday, Daniel Paille skated with Patrice ...

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