Bruins’ Brad Marchand, on track for Game 6, is not angry at Sam Bennett: ‘Got away with a shot’

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BRIGHTON, Mass. — Brad Marchand has steps remaining to complete before he is cleared for Game 6 on Friday at TD Garden. But the Boston Bruins captain practiced on Thursday at Warrior Ice Arena without limitations, both at even strength and on the power play, indicating he should have the green light to return.

Marchand, injured by a Sam Bennett sucker punch in Game 3, did not blame the Florida Panther for doing what he had to do. Bennett was not penalized on the play. He was neither fined nor suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

“He plays hard,” Marchand said. “He’s an extremely physical player, great player for the group. I think he got away with a shot. But I’m not going to complain. S— happens. That’s part of especially playoff hockey. I’ve been on the other side of a lot of plays. I think he 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. So I’m not going to sit here and complain about it. That’s part of the game. Yeah, I think he got away with one. But it is what it is.”

Marchand has a history of postseason aggression. He made his mark in 2011 by treating Daniel Sedin like a punching bag during the Stanley Cup Final. So Marchand is not one to whine about being on the other end of playoff belligerence.

“People don’t want to say it. But part of the playoffs is trying to hurt every player on the other team,” Marchand said. “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. So every time you step on the ice, someone’s trying to hurt someone. That’s just how it goes in the playoffs.

“Any time you can get an advantage on a team, it’s going to help your team win. That’s part of the benefit of having a physical group. That’s why you see teams go the distance with a big D corps and physical teams. It’s why you rarely see teams that are small and skilled go far, because they get hurt.”

More to come.

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