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Reverse Angle Shows Sam Bennett Punch Brad Marchand

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A reverse angle of Friday night’s hit shows Florida’s Sam Bennett punching Boston captain Brad Marchand. He is thought to be concussed and will not play in Game 4 tonight. // TNT

Until the TNT pregame crew came on Sunday evening, we had not seen the reverse angle of the collision between Florida’s Sam Bennett and Boston captain Brad Marchand.

Now we have.

The reverse angle shows that, yes, the Boston Bruins have every right to be upset with Bennett as he clearly hits Marchand in the face as he follows through on the reverse hit.

Tonight’s TNT broadcast is on TBS.

Marchand is out for Game 4, likely with a concussion.

Boston coach Jim Montgomery brought the hit to everyone’s attention during his media availability on Saturday — and doubled down on it Sunday.

Prior to seeing the reverse angle, it looked as if Bennett and Marchand simply collided following Marchand trying to hit Bennett only to take the brunt of the hit.

“I just thought it was outside the lines,’’ Montgomery said on Sunday. “I think it’s someone that plays the game on the edge. And he knew what he was doing. I don’t know if you’ve seen the picture from behind. But there’s clearly… he loaded up.”

The Bruins, who obviously saw the new angle, were pretty upset and said the Panthers needed to pay for it.

“I think we have to really go after their top guys,’’ Pavel Zacha told reporters. “Let them know it’s not OK to go after our captain. That’s not OK with us. We’re ready to be physical again today and be a little bit harder on them.’’

Said Trent Frederic: “I think it pissed off everyone. I think that whole team kind of ticks everyone off, to be honest.’’

Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net tonight for Florida; Jeremy Swayman returns for the Bruins.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
FLORIDA PANTHERS (ATL1) V. BOSTON BRUINS (ATL2)
FLORIDA LEADS BEST-OF-7 SERIES TIED 2-1
* Game 4 on Sunday at 6:30 *
GAME 5

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Duke del Valle

Try not hitting a guy long after the puck leaves his area then. It’s Marchand. Who cares.

surveyjay

Well, I will say I had not seen that angle until the national broadcast so I would like to retract part of my statement from yesterday.. I will say I still stand by the fact that I believe it to be more of a motion of him trying to protect himself than throwing a punch, Kinda like he said when they were interviewing him. No way he’s got time to think about that. He simply tried to protect himself from a hit, and luckily for us or unluckily for boston, marchad took it to the chin. There was certainly no… Read more »

Sam

And HOW pray tell did you discern that “there was certainly no intent there”?!?!?!

Tom

Consider it EVEN for the 2 to 3 elbows thrown at Rodriguez’s HEAD against the boards that EVERYONE saw on national TV….. how about bringing that up, TNT BOYS??? You won’t cuz you’re trying to paint a narrative about the Panthers. I don’t care in the slightest – good on Bennett for protecting himself against a known dirty player and for getting back at them for Rodriguez. The Panthers are tired of getting pushed around.

Wasnt

Looks to me like Bennett wanted shove Marchand off with one hand but unfortunately Marchand is very short and the shove went towards his head. If Marchand wouldn’t have been skating at full speed from across the ice to clearly get a unsuspecting Bennett with a devastatingly hard shot that may have put Bennett out of the game maybe Marchand would’ve took such a hard shot from the bigger player

surveyjay

Agreed.

Zeke1961

Marchand’s history?
Deaf ears.
Alligator tears.
Playoff Hockey.
Show up at Sunrise.

Paula

Could not happen to a more deserving dirty player.

Byronleemarley

Kind of reminds me of all the Caps fans crying after Panarin hit Oshie or about any Matt Rempe hit during the first round against the Rangers. After years of cheering for one of hockey’s dirtiest players in Tom Wilson, they have the nerve to complain.

Marchand had played on the edge his entire career, often crossing the line. Stop complaining when someone gives it back to him. Don’t be hypocrites.

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