Brad Marchand had some interesting words for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Riley Nash following a physical Game 1.
“I don’t think he had a hit in two years with us," Marchand said Friday of his former teammate via Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic.
Nash delivered a big hit to Bruins forward David Krejci in the third period of Game 1. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy labelled Krejci as day-to-day with an upper-body injury after the matchup, though he did rule out a concussion for the 32-year-old centre.
“He didn’t finish the game. We saw that. I would rule him as day-to-day for now. First thing someone said was well is he in [concussion] protocol – no, it’s not a concussion. He got hit,” said Cassidy. “He left the game, and by the time he was available to come back, the game was over. So we’ll see how he is in the morning. Hopefully, have an update for you then if it’s anything more serious than day-to-day.”
Nash spent two seasons with the Bruins from 2016-2018 and had a career-high 15 goals two seasons ago. He finished ninth on the Bruins in hits last season with 86 in 76 games, while Marchand was 18th on the team with 37 in 68 games.
He also assisted on a third-period goal from Brandon Dubinsky Thursday night.
The Jackets went on to fall 3-2 in overtime in the opener. Game 2 will go Saturday night from TD Garden in Boston.