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Marchand: Bennett 'got away with a shot'

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Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand addressed the collision with Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett that put him on the sidelines for Games 4 and 5.

"(Bennett) plays hard, he's an extremely physical player," Marchand said Thursday, according to's Conor Ryan. "Great player for the group. I think he got away with a shot, but I'm not gonna complain. Shit happens. That's part of especially playoff hockey. I've been on the other side of a lot of plays. ... It sucks to be on the other side of it, but that stuff happens."

Bennett caught Marchand with a punch while bracing for a hit in Game 3. Bennett wasn't penalized on the play and didn't receive supplemental discipline.

"People don't want to say it, but part of playoffs is trying to hurt every player on the other team," Marchand continued. "And the more guys you take out, the more advantage your team has."

"If I have to get hurt to win? If I have to hurt someone to win? I don't care," Marchand added. "That's part of it. And I'm not going to complain, because if I'm him, I'm doing the same thing."

Marchand said he hopes to play in Friday's Game 6. The 36-year-old has three goals and 10 points in as many games this postseason.

Boston stayed alive Tuesday and will look to force a decisive Game 7 with a win Friday.

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