RALEIGH, N.C. --The Bruins executed an improbable, energizing third period comeback to take a 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, but the hard-fought two points certainly might have come at a price.
A Bruins team already missing Charlie McAvoy and Patrice Bergeron lost three more players to injury, Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara, before they engineered the comeback in the final 10 minutes of the third period. After the game, Bruce Cassidy said he didn’t have much of an update on the injured trio so shortly after the frenetic, crazy comeback in the game’s final 10 minutes.
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“Hopefully everybody is all right. I don’t have any updates because I just got off [the bench], but we hope it’s nothing serious. But I guess we’ll see,” said Bruce Cassidy. “When guys go down other guys want to step up, and that’s the sign of a good team. It’s one thing to want to, and it’s another thing to have the ability to do it.
“Now [Brian] Gionta and [Nick] Holden get a few more minutes and these are guys that have played in the league. That’s where our depth comes in. A guy like [Matt Grzelcyk] gets a few more opportunities offensively and he’s got it in him, and Danton Heinen gets a chance to go up with [David Krejci] and takes it to the net and scores. I think that’s what separates us right now. We have a lot of good players in our lineup right now, and they’re going to step up and come through when they’re given extra minutes.
Chara tumbled upper body-first into the corner boards midway through the third period, sat on the bench in obvious discomfort and then eventually left for the Bruins dressing room never to return in the game. DeBrusk took a big hit earlier in the game that he played through for a portion of the contest as the B’s were trailing, but it looked like he finally succumbed to it headed into the third period.
It was unclear what happened to Krug, but in all three cases the banged-up Bruins players were walking around without any obvious signs that would point to lower body injuries. It also appeared that all three Bruins players underwent X-Rays in PNC Arena following the game.