In a matter of hours, the news on Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug went from bad to worse. The Bruins just published a statement on the condition of their star defender, explaining that the blue liner has been ruled out for the rest of the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Krug was engaged in a battle for the puck with Lightning forward Alex Killorn when he appeared to lose his balance. The forward momentum of his fall as well as the momentum of Killorn behind him propelled Krug into the boards in somewhat of a seated position. His foot and ankle buckle almost immediately upon impact with the boards and Krug's body language immediately revealed that something was very wrong.
Bruins Head Team Physician Dr. Peter Asnis issued the following update on defenseman Torey Krug:
"Torey Krug injured his left ankle during Game 4 of the second round playoff series on Friday, May 4. He will not be available for the remainder of this series as he undergoes additional testing to determine the full extent of the injury. Further information will be made available after all testing is complete."
Ahead of Sunday's Game 5 in Tampa Bay, head coach Bruce Cassidy met with media to explain that the team was indeed waiting on more results and texts to go forward with Krug's status for the series. However, Dr. Asnis' statement is pretty clear that we won't be seeing him for the rest of the second round, and we might only get to see him on the ice again this year if the Bruins manage to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, against the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals.
"He’s out [for Game 5]. He’s still getting evaluated, but doesn’t look good that it will be short term," explained Cassidy in his press conference. The head coach added that Nick Holden will enter the lineup and play alongside Adam McQuaid for Sunday's contest. He also added that Krug will not be making the trip to Tampa.
This is quite a tough blow for Boston, as Krug has been tremendously so far in the post season. In 11 games, Krug has tallied three goals and 12 points overall for the Bruins.