Boston Bruins take issue with hit that forced Brad Marchand from win vs. Washington Capitals

Charlie McAvoy scored a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the third period, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

But the win might have been costly for Boston, which lost wingers Brad Marchand and Anton Blidh to upper body injuries. Both are out for Saturday's game against Winnipeg.

Marchand suffered an apparent right shoulder injury in the second period when he was hit from behind into the boards by Garnet Hathaway -- a "cheap" play that left the Bruins angry postgame.

"The [Marchand] one I didn't like at all. ... Hit a guy in the numbers in a vulnerable spot," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters. "I've seen that from that player in the past, so I didn't like that one at all. The league may or may not look at it. When it comes to [Marchand], sometimes they kind of move on. But in this particular case, seems like a vulnerable spot, against the boards, back high.

"But at the end of the day, we were able to overcome it. ... Hopefully [Marchand] is OK. Tough job for the officials to call those quickly like that, but that one I didn't particularly like."

Blidh left Thursday's game in the first period. The left winger needed a few minutes and a hand from an athletic trainer to get back on his skates after getting leveled on a hit by Tom Wilson with 4:33 left in the opening frame.

Cassidy said he had no problem with the hit from Wilson, who has a reputation for dangerous plays.

"On the Blidh one, he came into the middle of the ice and saw him at the last minute," the coach said. "Wilson hits hard. We've seen that. Some clean, others not clean. I didn't mind that.

"I thought he went for the chest. I thought he kept his elbows down. From my vantage point I didn't see anything other than a hard hit."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.