By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
It could have been a lot worse for Bruins forward Marcus Johansson.
Knocked out of the game on a brutal-but-clean hit from the Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland, Johansson was taken to Mass General Hospital, where testing revealed a lung contusion that will sideline the 28-year-old for at least one week.
From the team's official release:
Marcus Johansson was brought to the Massachusetts General Hospital during the game against Carolina on March 5 for evaluation. Testing revealed a lung contusion. He was monitored overnight and was discharged today after further evaluation by specialists.
While I can't pretend to know the ins and outs of a lung contusion, it again feels worth mentioning that this could have been a lot worse (read as: longer anticipated absence) for Johansson and the Bruins. In real time, it was worth wondering if Johansson had suffered another concussion (a hit from Brad Marchand knocked out of action for over two months last season), or if he had suffered what would have been a devastating shoulder or collarbone injury on the hit.
To get out of this Garden-echoing collision with a mere lung contusion, and with a timeline that could see him return in less than two weeks, seems encouraging.
Acquired from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick and 2020 fourth-round draft pick on trade deadline day, Johansson was quickly looking like a solid fit with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci on Boston's second line, and had one assist and four shots on goal in three appearances prior to the injury.
With Johansson out, and with Sean Kuraly (concussion) returning to practice without limitations on Wednesday, the Bruins moved Peter Cehlarik back up with DeBrusk and Krejci.
The Bruins are riding a 17-game point streak and play host to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.