Bloody Brad Marchand Helps Bruins ‘Demoralize’ Capitals After Taking Evilly High Nose – CBS Boston

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Brad Marchand has been playing hockey for a very long time. But Monday night he was really one hockey player.

It’s a bit of a cliché to say that hockey players is not like the rest of us. Yet it has been proven time and time again that it is true where Marchand made that honor after taking an evil high stick for the nose late in the first period against the Washington Capitals.

Marchand went down to the ice in pain, bled all over the Capital One Arena, but did not miss a beat, and chose to wipe his bloody face off with a towel and return to the game as soon as possible.

Blood dripping from Brad Marchand’s face in Washington .. (Photo: Scott Taetsch / Getty Images)

Marchand ended up getting back on the ice while Nic Dowd – the aggressor with the high stick – was still in the penalty box.

And whether he was angry or inspired or just had a good night, Marchand was electric from that moment on.

Marchand showed his vision was intact as he assisted on a David Pastrnak goal while Dowd served the penalty kick.

Forty seconds later, Marchand scored himself on yet another powerplay, catching a lucky deflection from a stick that sent his shot top shelf past Zach Fucale. That goal equalized the match to 2-2.

Marchand added a third period to extend Boston’s lead to 7-3, which officially put the game out of Washington’s reach. The streaks of blood and gauze stuck in his nostrils did not disturb his hand-eye coordination as he struck a rebound out of the air and then lifted the puck over the pillow of Vitek Vanecek.

It was just the second time this season that Marchand has scored more than two points in a game, and it was his fourth multi-goal game of the season.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy did not seem surprised at Marchand’s ability to not only stay in the game but also to dominate after taking such a brutal shot to schnoz.

“We know what he’s about, so we’ve seen it, his level of competition.… He’s a competitive guy when he puts on his skates,” said Cassidy. “And I think that demoralizes the other team a little bit . “

Of course, in the 7-3 victory, Marchand was far from the only contributor. Matt Grzelcyk had the first five-point game of his career, scoring one goal and getting four assists. Pastrnak scored twice, Linus Ullmark made 30 saves (including a dandy of a glove save on an Alex Ovechkin disposable bomb), and Patrice Bergeron also tried his own hand with a bit of net memory:

(It’s always surprising to see Bergeron’s left-handedness emerge when you least expect it.)

But Marchand was the only one who got it hockey player take Monday night. A quick glance at his face reveals that he deserved it.

A bloody Brad March and his goal against Washington. (Photo by John McCreary / NHLI via Getty Images)

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