Forward Rick Nash and defenseman Adam McQuaid became the latest Boston Bruins to join the injured list on Monday night - sorry for you to hear this, folks. Nash was a surprise scratch against the Columbus Blue Jackets before the contest due to an upper-body injury, while McQuaid left the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
Bruins head oach Bruce Cassidy commented the injuries after the 5-4 overtime loss.
“[Nash] got hit in Tampa, so we thought he was fine. He had an upper-body injury,” Cassidy told NBC Boston. “This morning, pregame skate, we thought he’d be fine, and it turned out after pregame skate, early afternoon, he wasn’t. So, you know, we had to make a call for Anton Blidh.”
A Bruins team already missing key players Charlie McAvoy and Patrice Bergeron lost three more players to injury last week when Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara had to leave the ice during the March 15 game. The Bruins are getting ready for the postseason, and they are set to show that they can overcome any obstacle and challenge in their way. It won't be easy for Boston if they have to enter the playoffs without two top-six forwards (Bergeron and DeBrusk) and two top-four blue liners (Chara and McAvoy,). Krug was in the lineup last night against the Jackets.
David Backes is also added to the list of injuries in Boston... damn!
Bergeron and Chara are now both considered day-to-day as of Monday, but they will miss Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Blues. The timeline is less clear for DeBrusk and Backes, who suffered a leg laceration on Saturday night. McAvoy is out until at least April with an MCL sprain.
“You know, you call a player up [from the AHL], right? We signed one out of college; that helped," Cassidy said after Monday's loss. "So, that’s it. [The injuries] are uncontrollable to a certain extent. It’s kind of enough, now. I would agree. We’ve had our share, so let’s get these guys healthy and get ready to play. I don’t know. You’ve got to play the game in front of you and you just hope the string of, kind of, tough luck, is over.
“That’s it. It’s a physical game. We’ve said all along, to have successful seasons, both regular and playoffs, you need a certain level of health. That’s what we’re hoping, that these guys come back, and that’s it. Until then, we plug the holes and play the game in front of you.”
There are now 11 games to go in the Bruins' season as they currently sit three points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Atlantic Division.