The Boston Bruins started the season with a new luck when it came to injuries after they had to deal with plethora of injuries in the 2017-18 campaign. Top point-producer on the blue line, Torey Krug, has been missing, however, it started off great for the Bruins.
Now, it seems to be a short-lived scenario as three more defensemen and one forward have gone down since this past Thursday.
It started off with David Backes, who took a high hit from Matt Benning of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. He was set home after he kept feeling the symptoms of the hit. He was later joined back in Boston by young defenseman Charlie McAvoy who wasn’t feeling well over the weekend and was sent home for some testings.
It however did not stop there when fellow blue liner Kevan Miller was hurt blocking a shit against the Oilers and was sent home to undergo some X-rays.
You’d think it would stop there, however, another defenseman was added to the growing list of injured players on Tuesday night when the team revealed midway through its contest against the Ottawa Senators that first round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft Urho Vaakanainen left the contest with a concussion and would not return for the end of the game.
After logging 26-plus minutes Friday night on the Providence blue line, the young defending prospect got the call to join the Bruins in Vancouver and made his debut against the Canucks on Saturday night. The Bruins recalled the 19-year-old from Joensuu, Finland, on an emergency basis after McAvoy fell ill, and Miller injured his hand Thursday in Edmonton.
On Saturday, he skated 17 shifts for 12:26, all but 33 seconds of it at even strength.
“He was good. He had good composure,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy after his first game to reporters, per NHL.com. “I don’t know that we used him a lot, on the road is not always easy for your first game when we’re already down some defensemen. You want to make sure you put them in the best position possible."
He was in the lineup tonight against the Senators, however defenseman Mark Borowiecki hit the rookie with an elbow to the face and the poor guy was left shaken up to eventually retire to the dressing room. You can see the hit in the short video here below:
Many are wondering if the hit was a cheap play from the Sens’ veteran defenseman. It looks like Borowiecki was trying to protect his goalie Craig Andersen, however, it sure seems unnecessary to hit the poor rookie the way he did. No penalty was called on the play. Vaakanainen appeared a bit dazed after the play. He left the ice but remained on the bench, but failed to play a shift in the second period following the hit.
We sure hope the young defenseman was taken off the ice as precaution to make sure he feels no rough symptoms from the concussion. We will keep you updated on his status in the coming days.
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