Just four games into his return to the Boston lineup after missing 11 games with a hand injury, a puck to the throat knocked Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller out of action in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
At look at the play that forced Kevan Miller to miss the end of the first period. Weird bounce off the initial shot by Tavares. pic.twitter.com/jo7vwKV8XS— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) November 27, 2018
The play happened on a shot from the Maple Leafs’ John Tavares, and though Miller did his part to finish the shift (which ended with a goal scored on Jaroslav Halak), Miller’s discomfort was clear as he departed down the tunnel. From there, Miller was rushed to a Toronto hospital, where he spent the rest of the evening according to B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Bruce Cassidy on Kevan Miller: "Looks like X-rays are negative, got it in the throat. They're going to keep him overnight for observation, make sure his breathing stays normal. Hopefully he's able to fly back tomorrow, that's the plan." #NHLBruins— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 27, 2018
Cassidy on Miller (cont): "I don't know if there's a timeline, if he's back in Thursday, if it's that simple. But right now he's out of any danger from what we've heard."— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 27, 2018
With Miller knocked out of action, the Bruins rolled with a heavy dosage of Connor Clifton, as the NHL rookie finished Monday’s effort with 24:36 of time on ice, second only to Torey Krug’s 24:57 in the losing effort.
The Bruins will have to hope for a quick recover from Miller, as they remain without defenseman Brandon Carlo (upper-body), Zdeno Chara (knee), Charlie McAvoy (concussion), and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion).