Two Bruins ruled out prior to hosting Winnipeg, including leading scorer


Getting back into the win column Thursday came at a cost for the Boston Bruins, a price the team will pay for at least their next game.

Both Brad Marchand and Anton Blidh, who were injured on separate hits from Washington Capitals players in Thursday's 4-3 win at TD Garden, won't be in the lineup when the team returns to the ice Saturday to host the Winnipeg Jets, coach Bruce Cassidy announced.

Marchand leaves B's-Capitals game after hit from Garnet Hathaway

Cassidy, as well as David Pastrnak, took issue with Garnet Hathaway's hit on Marchand, for which Hathaway drew only a two-minute penalty for interference.

“I thought it was a plan,” Pastrnak said. “You can see he didn’t totally have focus on the puck, he went straight at Marchand. Obviously, he’s that kind of player. We saw him a bunch (last season). So I didn’t like it. It’s one of our best players and he took a run like that on him. I think it was a little dirty.”

Marchand played only 8:54 against the Capitals before leaving after the hit. In 32 games, Marchand has 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) for the Bruins and is eighth in the NHL in points per game.

Blidh, who left the game after a hit from Capitals agitator Tom Wilson, has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) for the B's, who host the Jets (17-13-6) at 3 p.m. in the sixth contest of a seven-game homestand.

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