OTTAWA – Bruins left wing Brad Marchand will begin serving his five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson Thursday.
“I let my teammates down. I know that,” Marchand said. “I let my organization down. I have to be better. There’s no question.”
Marchand, who leveled Johansson during Tuesday’s game at TD Garden, said he respected the league’s decision on the length of the suspension. He will not be eligible to play until Feb. 7 against the Rangers.
“The last thing I want to do is anything to hurt the team,” Marchand said. “That’s obviously what I’ve done here. It wasn’t what I was trying to do.
“We have a great team. They’re going to battle hard and do everything they can to win the games. I’ll be rooting them on. I put my team at a disadvantage again. I feel very bad about it.”
Anders Bjork, recalled from Providence Wednesday, will play in Marchand’s spot on the first line next to Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak in Thursday’s game against the Senators.
“I don’t believe there was any intent to injure Johansson,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “But at the end of the day, Brad’s responsible for his actions on the ice. The league dealt with it.
“We’ll talk to him about it. Hopefully going forward, there’s no more incidents. Because I think Brad’s really earned respect around the league for how he plays the game. He plays hard every night. For the most part, I think he’s kept his nose clean.”
Noel Acciari will not play Thursday because of a lower-body injury.
Thursday’s projected lineup
Anders Bjork-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen-Riley Nash-David Backes
Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Frank Vatrano
Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk-Kevan Miller
Senators at a glance
■ When, where: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa.
■ TV, radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5).
■ Goals: Mark Stone 18, Ryan Dzingel 13, Mike Hoffman 12, Derick Brassard 12.
■ Assists: Erik Karlsson 27, Stone 26, Hoffman 18.
■ Goaltending: Craig Anderson (12-6-5, 3.20 GAA), Mike Condon (3-6-4, 3.45 GAA).
■ Head to head: This is the third of four meetings. The Bruins won the first two by a cumulative 10-1.
■ Miscellany: Ottawa has lost four straight, scoring just five goals over those games . . . The Senators are 29th in the NHL in scoring and have been shut out eight times . . . This will be Ottawa’s fifth game in eight nights . . . Stone (knee) has missed the last two games and is questionable.