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Brad Marchand suffers upper-body injury in Bruins’ Game 3 loss

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“He’s probably the toughest guy I know. I have no doubt he’ll do everything he can to come back as quickly as possible.”

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) goes down hard in front of his bench against the Florida Panthers during first period action in Game 3 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs NHL at TD Garden.

Brad Marchand was injured on a hit by Sam Bennett in the first period of Game 3. Photo by Matthew J Lee/Globe Staff

The hits continued for the Bruins Friday night.

Not only did the Bruins lose Game 3 of their second round bout against the Panthers, 6-2. They also lost their captain due to injury.

The Bruins announced before the start of the third period that Brad Marchand was unlikely to return for Game 3 due to an upper body injury.

Marchand had just 10:51 of ice time over two periods of play, with no shots on goal, five hits and one block, and did not return at all in the final period of play .

“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Jim Montgomery said of Marchand’s situation after Friday’s loss.

The 36-year-old winger was shaken early in the match as he tried to hit Panthers center Sam Bennett.

Marchand spent some time on the frozen sheet after Bennett’s reverse hit before slowly making his way to the bench. He remained on the bench after the hit and didn’t spend any time in the tunnel, but Marchand didn’t make much of an impact for the rest of the game.

“I mean, obviously, he’s a heck of a player and a big part of this team,” Bennett said of Marchand’s injury. “So yeah, it’s playoff hockey and we’ll see.”

The Bruins managed to generate two third-period goals to cut into what was once a 4-0 Panthers lead, but any extended absence of Marchand would be a major loss for Boston.

Beyond his knack for changing momentum during the playoffs with a big check or no penalty, Marchand added 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games during this playoff run. .

“I think, collectively, everyone is doing it,” Jake DeBrusk said of how the Bruins need to step up after Marchand’s injury. “We’ve always had a ‘next man up’ mentality and injuries have come up throughout the playoffs, and he’s probably the toughest guy I know.

“I have no doubt that he will do everything he can to return as quickly as possible. So in saying that, I think guys like me need to be better.

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