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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Brad Marchand leaves Bruins game

By James Murphy
ESPNBoston.com

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand left the team's 5-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night in Newark, N.J., after he was hit with an elbow to the head by defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

The play took place 15:11 into the second period, with the Bruins leading 4-1. Marchand, who had an earlier assist, left the game and did not return. The Bruins did not offer any other specifics on his condition. Marchand leads the team in points with 33 and goals with 16.

Volchenkov, meanwhile, was given a five-minute major for elbowing and a 10-minute penalty and a game misconduct.

Marchand's departure came on the same day general manager Peter Chiarelli said that center Patrice Bergeron was progressing in his recovery from a fourth career concussion.

Chiarelli said Bergeron has been practicing on his own and working out.

"On the road to recovery," Chiarelli told the "Toucher & Rich" show on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "So it looks good. He's working out and things are looking good."

Bergeron suffered his latest concussion on April 2 on an incidental hit to the side of the head from Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening. Bergeron has been examined by concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu and received positive results, according to the Boston Globe.

While Bruins coach Claude Julien was happy to hear the news on Bergeron, he told the media after the team's game-day skate that he wouldn't allow himself to get too excited given the nature of concussions.

"Any time a guy starts to do something, it's a step in the right direction," Julien said. "We keep our fingers crossed and hope he keeps getting better."