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Marchand Makes Surprise Return To Bruins Practice



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If you’re a Boston Bruins and New England Patriots fan, it was a pretty good weekend for you!

It was most definitely a Sunday Funday for both fan bases as the day after the Boston Bruins won their season opener 6-3 over the Arizona Coyotes at a sold out TD Garden, Bruins winger Brad Marchand made a surprise appearance at Bruins practice and participated in rush drills and 2-on-2’s and then the New England Patriots beat the Cleveland Browns 38-15.

By all accounts from media in attendance at Bruins practice, and Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery, the “Little Ball of Hate’ was getting in the muck and looking like the skilled, pesky winger that has become one of the Top 5 wingers in the game the last five seasons.

“He was hunting pucks and hitting people,” Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters after practice. “That first drill’s not even supposed to be any contact. Somehow, he found a way to get contact in.”

Marchand was asked about that and wasn’t ashamed to admit he took full advantage of Montgomery and his staff to both run a practice and keep a watchful eye on an injured player like Marchand working his way back into game action.

“But it’s hard for them to control me when I’m out there,” Marchand quipped.

Marchand acknowledged that while he may be ahead of schedule a bit physically, the mental part of rehabbing is still hard and that’s why it was nice to get on the ice with the team.

“I feel really good. Today was more of a mental victory than anything,” Marchand said. “It’s been a long four months, and it was going to be an easy practice for the guys. I begged them enough to let me jump in there with them.”

The plan going forward this week is for Marchand to take part in the morning skates with his Boston Bruins teammates and stay on schedule for what is till hopefully a return to game action around American Thanksgiving.

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Rick W Murray

Just hearing this guy’s name brings a smile to my earlobes. Hopefully he’ll be back sooner than later. Sweeney’s got to get off his lazy good for nothing keester and sign Pastrnak and then there’s work to be done. GET BUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Michael Parahus

Have a hard time believing they are still targeting a Thanksgiving return if he was out there skating and running into people. Makes no sense to let him do that if he is not way closer to being ready to play.
Something is “amiss” if he’s doing this and they’re still saying around Thanksgiving. Doesn’t add up.


If you understand everything that’s involved with that kind of double hip surgery, it does make sense.

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