Report: Bruins rookie Austin Czarnik out with a concussion


Report: Bruins rookie Austin Czarnik out with a concussion

Bruins center Austin Czarnik was knocked out of Saturday’s preseason finale for the Bruins following a late, high hit from Flyers hatchet man Radko Gudas. The rookie has suffered a concussion, according to a tweet from New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke.

The timetable put forth was 7-10 days for the 5-foot-8, 167-pound Czarnik to return to full health for the Bruins, and that could certainly be the case if it’s a mild concussion. The truth of the matter with concussions, however, is that there’s no real clear recovery picture for concussions until a player has been symptom free for multiple days. So it’s realistic the 23-year-old rookie will miss the three-game road trip to kick off Boston’s regular season, and could potentially give another young B’s forward an extended look at the start of the season.

The injury is a crying shame for Czarnik, who had a couple of goals in the preseason and appeared to have the third line center spot all wrapped up at the end of camp. The emerence of a speedy young guy like Czarnik also gives the B’s a chance to load up on their top-6 forwards with both Ryan Spooner and David Backes on the wing.

Gudas, on the other hand, is due for a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety following the cheap, late interference hit on Czarnik, and could be facing a significant suspension of five games or more as a repeat offender. Gudas actually got off without punishment just a few days ago when he smoked an unsuspecting Jimmy Vesey with a booming hit. He won’t get away with it this time after throwing a late, high shoulder to Czarnik’s jaw in the third period of Saturday night’s game. Czarnik never returned to the game on Saturday night, obviously, and will have to keep on waiting for his first career NHL game after being the unwitting victim of a nasty check to the head. 

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Highlights of the Bruins 5-0 victory over the Islanders

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Highlights of the Bruins 5-0 victory over the Islanders

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 5, Islanders 0

IN BRIEF: Sean Kuraly had his first two-goal game since the 2017 playoffs and the Tuukka Rask had to stop only 13 shots in his fourth shutout of the season as the Bruins cruised past the New York Islanders 5-0 in Uniondale, N.Y.  The Bruins have won their past eight road games vs. the Isles while outscoring them, 35-13.  BOX SCORE.

BRUINS RECORD: 44-20-9, 97 points, second in the Atlantic Division








*Fourth-line center Sean Kuraly is having a pretty darn good season. The two goals scored tonight give him a career-high eight and 20 points with 10 games remaining in the regular season. Tuesday night also marks his first two-goal game in the regular season. He scored a couple of goals in Game 5 of the 2017 playoff series vs. Ottawa. He’s really not a good fit as a top-nine forward after the Bruins tried him on the third line to start the season, but he’s become a really good, well-rounded fourth-line center with just enough offensive pop. A pretty good season for Kuraly with some bumps and bruises along the way.

*Playing for the first time in a month, David Pastrnak looked okay shooting the puck and he was active with five shot attempts in 10:27 of ice time in the first couple of periods against the Islanders. His skating looks good and was around the action quite a bit. Still, he’s also got three giveaways and it looks like perhaps he’s not as strong on the puck as he normally is while playing with a splint on his left hand. Maybe some of it is just residual rust, but it’s something to watch as he returns from the ligament injury in his left thumb.

*Zdeno Chara and Matt Martin dropped the gloves to start the second period right off the opening face-off after the Islanders managed just two shots on net in the first period. Martin was clearly trying to fire up the Islanders after a dog’s breakfast of a first period. Chara granted him an audience as he clearly respects the Islanders tough guy. But the 6-foot-3 Martin couldn’t get a glove on the long-armed Chara and the 6-9 D-man dropped him twice with big punches before he finally drove him down for good. It almost doesn’t seem fair for anybody to try and fight Chara as he holds the reach and size advantage on everybody else in the NHL.  

*Charlie McAvoy with a helper on the B’s first goal in the first period, and was on the ice for two of Boston’s three goals in the first period. It’s a pretty strong all-around effort with McAvoy making plays in front of his friends and family at Nassau Coliseum after growing up in Long Beach, N.Y., and he had a shot on net, a couple of hits and a blocked shot in more than 22 minutes of ice time through the complete domination from beginning to end.

*There were only eight shots on net through the first two periods for the Islanders as they were booed off the ice at the end of 40 minutes. What a complete no-show performance from them on home ice. But give the Bruins credit as they clamped down the defense on the Islanders from the beginning while allowing just two shots on goal in the first period, and then they continued by finishing strong in the third while pouring on a couple more goals in the 5-0 win. Patrice Bergeron scored his 28th goal of the season on a feed from Joakim Nordstrom and Jake DeBrusk scored his first goal since returning from injury on a breakaway after serving out his penalty. 

At Devils, Thursday, 7 p.m., NESN
At Panthers, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN

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