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Marchand returns for Game 6

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The Boston Bruins got captain Brad Marchand back in the lineup for Friday's Game 6 against the Florida Panthers after he missed the previous two contests with an upper-body injury.

Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery inserted Marchand into the starting lineup alongside Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic.

Marchand was injured by a hit from Panthers forward Sam Bennett in Game 3. The collision sparked plenty of controversy, as Bennett appeared to sneakily punch Marchand in the head as he braced for contact. But the Bruins veteran said he would have done the same thing if roles were reversed.

The Bruins need a win Friday to force a Game 7 as they attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the series.

Marchand came into Friday's tilt tied for Boston's scoring lead this postseason and boasts 10 points in 10 games.

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