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Brad Marchand will be back on Patrice Bergeron’s left wing soon, perhaps as early as Monday afternoon at TD Garden against the Red Wings.
At least for one game, however, Marchand did not belong on the second line.
After the second period of Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets, coach Claude Julien pulled Marchand off the second line, replacing him with normal third-line right wing Reilly Smith. On the new line’s first shift, Bergeron and Smith assisted on Loui Eriksson’s winning goal.
“I’ve got to be better,” Marchand said. “We’ve been kind of quiet, our line. I think he’s trying to switch it up and get us going a little bit. They scored right away, so it worked.”