Repentant Marchand: ‘emotions got the best of me’ about being pulled from Bruins’ win

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About four hours after he sounded off about the NHL concussion spotter from pulling him from the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime win against the New York Rangers on Friday, Brad Marchand took to Twitter to apologize.

My emotions got the best of me after today’s game. I didn’t want to miss any shifts with us being down 2 to 1. I know the spotters are there to help us and I shouldn’t have take my frustrations out on them.

— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) November 30, 2019

Marchand, who didn’t practice Saturday because of the flu, missed several shifts, including the one his line scored to tie the score 2-2 on a goal by David Pastrnak on Friday. Marchand had run into Jacob Trouba’s elbow late in the second period, but he was allowed to take a shift in the third before he was pulled.

“It’s embarrassing. They had 30 minutes, 20 minutes to sit there, view the tape and call it in,” Marchand said immediately after the game. “But they made me come out in a 2-1 game as we’re starting to get momentum. To do that, guys up there busy eating pizza and cheeseburgers, and can’t watch the game. So maybe next time he’ll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game.”

Missing bodies

In addition to Marchand, Patrice Bergeron (lower body) and Brett Ritchie (upper body) didn’t practice Saturday and will not play against Montreal on Sunday. Marchand is questionable.

But forward David Backes moved closer to returning to the lineup, shedding his red no-contact sweater for a black practice sweater Saturday.

.@dbackes42 on practicing in full on Saturday: "Just going through the process of what the doctors are telling me, trying to get back as quick as possible...feeling really great...feeling more like myself." pic.twitter.com/7bjkK0cYQc

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 30, 2019

Defenseman John Moore is getting closer to a return as well.

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