Boston Bruins

May 12, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Chris Wagner (14) goes around Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) during the second period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

RALEIGH — In what’s anything but encouraging, Bruins winger Chris Wagner has made an early return back to Boston.

That update comes from Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, who says the trip back to Boston is for Wagner to undergo further testing on the apparent right arm injury he sustained in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

Hammered in what looked like the wrist/forearm with a Justin Faulk shot, Wagner returned to the bench but quickly made his way down the tunnel and back to the dressing room with under three minutes to play in the third. Wagner was also seen with his right arm in a sling and on his way to a room deep in the bowels of PNC Arena for additional medical examination.

Multiple sources have since indicated to 98.5 The Sports Hub that the Walpole, Mass. native’s postseason is “done.”

A gritty winger who has regained some scoring pop in this third-round series, Wagner is an energetic and effective presence that the Boston fourth line will undoubtedly miss, according to Cassidy.

“He’s always gonna bring tenacity, grit, physicality,” Cassidy said of Wagner’s impact on this B’s team. “He’s added to our penalty kill. He’s actually chipped in offensively for us, he has two goals this series, big one [in Game 3]. Good energy guy, you know what you’re going to get out of him every night.

“We’re gonna miss him.”

With Wagner done, Cassidy and the B’s will turn to Noel Acciari as the right-side fill-in on Boston’s fourth line with Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.