Bruins winger Brad Marchand, one of Canada’s hottest hands in the ongoing hockey World Championships in Russia, was injured Monday in Canada’s third game of the tournament, an 8-0 shellacking of Belarus.
According to a number of reports out of St. Petersburg, Marchand was injured by an elbow to the head area and was not on the Team Canada bench after the second period.
However, according to TSN correspondent Darren Dreger, the injury was not related to the elbow strike.
“Aggravated a pretournament injury,’’ Dreger tweeted. “Team Canada staff expects he will be fine. Not related to hit in second period.’’
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said by email that Marchand suffered a minor lower body injury.
Marchand, who will turn 28 Wednesday, led the Bruins in goal scoring in 2015-16 with a career-high 37 and has collected 86 strikes over the past three seasons.
He entered Monday’s game with two goals in the tournament, connecting for a shorthander Friday against Team USA and scoring again Sunday against Hungary.
“Marchand with a short shift,’’ tweeted Dreger in the second period. “Goes back to bench and two-hands stick over the boards. Appears hurt and not happy about it.’’
Canada is now 3-0 in Group B play and remains a heavy favorite to win the gold medal for the second year in a row.