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The worst is confirmed for Nash and Bruins

Come on! This team just CANNOT catch a break…

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While it’s been suspected for over a week now, the official “unofficial” word on Boston Bruins forward Rick Nash is that his upper body injury is in fact a concussion.

NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty reported yesterday that Nash will not travel with the team on their current road trip and that the team has no timetable for his return.

Rick Nash was again out of the Bruins lineup on Saturday and it’s not planned for him be on the road trip with the Bruins through Philly, Tampa and Florida that will take up most of next week, so it’s very unlikely he’ll play in the next six days. That’s the bad news when it comes to the Bruins power forward.

The good news is that Nash has been working out on his own and that Bruins coach head Cassidy described the veteran as “progressing at his own pace.” Cassidy then added, “If I had anything more for you I’d give to you because I know it’s been interesting, for lack of a better term. That’s as much as we’ve got. He’s working out, but not ready to skate.”

Still, this is pretty much a worst case scenario for the Bruins who paid a BOUNTY to acquire Nash from the New York Rangers ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline. It’s very possible that Nash is done in Boston after just 11 games as a Bruin. For what it’s worth, the Bruins traded forwards Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner along with defenseman Ryan Lindgren and a 1st round pick and 7th round pick in exchange for Nash. Ouch.

Breaking: Marchand takes down MacDonald then cross checks him in the face

Fresh off of being named the NHL’s 2nd star for the month of March, Boston Bruins super pest Brad Marchand is back to his old tricks.

 With just seconds left in the second period of today’s game between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, Marchand chased a puck onto the sideboards with Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald following him. MacDonald rides Marchand into the boards and gets tangled up while attempting to kick the puck free, MacDonald falls backwards awkwardly, then Marchand decides to take liberties with the veteran blue liner by sticking him in the mouth while he’s down.

Check it out:

Ouch… better check the ice for your chiclets, there bud.

I guess the old saying, “old habits die hard” rings especially true for Marchand. Despite being a supremely talented player, Marchand seems to find his way into headlines for this type of behavior more so than his strong play on the ice. Still… for some reason we can’t really judge the guy too harshly. He plays the game on the edge and sometimes crosses that edge. Some of the best players in history have played the same way, there’s nothing really unique about the way Marchand plays and chances are 30 other NHL teams would be happy to have him, just as the Bruins are.

Still, you can bet that the NHL will review Marchand’s actions today against MacDonald and the Flyers. With all the heat surrounding Marchand’s suspension for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson and his strong criticism of Marchand, something’s got to give. Don’t be surprised if the NHL throws the book at Marchand this time around.