As if losing Game 2 and falling into an 0-2 hole in their first-round series with the Hurricanes wasn’t bad enough for the Bruins, Bruce Cassidy’s squad may have to soldier on without their No. 2 defenseman.
Fed a pass from Brandon Carlo behind the Boston net, Hampus Lindholm couldn’t even look up before he found himself absolutely walloped with a heavy hit from the Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov. Visibly shaken and in a world of hurt, Lindholm struggled to get back to his feet, and ultimately required help getting off the ice, and did not return to play.
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And the first word on his status following the defeat sounded anything but encouraging.
“He’s not doing well,” Cassidy said when asked for an update on Lindholm. Cassidy also noted that he was not sure if Lindholm would be with the team on their charter back to Boston or if he would require hospitalization in Raleigh.
Andrei Svechnikov with a massive hit on Hampus Lindholm.— Evan Marinofsky (@EvanMarinofsky) May 5, 2022
Lindholm needed help getting off the ice. pic.twitter.com/gOGZFjbFuF
“I like [the] physical part of the game, but I feel bad for that guy,” Svechnikov said after the game. “I had time there and he didn’t see me, but I had to do that. But I feel bad and sorry for him.”
Svechnikov, for what it’s worth, was not assessed a penalty on the play, and it was the Bruins who actually came out of the incident shorthanded, with Carlo assessed four minutes of roughing penalties for going after Svechnikov after the hit.
The Bruins didn’t necessarily agree with that assessment.
“It looked high to me, and that’s why [Lindholm] left the game,” Cassidy said of the hit. “He has an upper-body injury. It was on time, certainly, but it looked high. But [the officials] didn’t see it that way.”
If Lindholm is unable to play in Game 3, left-shot defenseman Mike Reilly will draw back into the lineup and in Lindholm’s place next to either Charlie McAvoy or Brandon Carlo.