While X-rays were negative for Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, it still may be an injury of note for the B’s D-man after he was forced out of Sunday night’s loss to the Penguins.
Grzelcyk was knocked out in the second period of the 4-2 loss to the Penguins when his right arm was pinned against the boards as Pens winger Patric Hornqvist hit him in the corner. X-rays after the game came back negative, but Grzelcyk is still headed back to Boston for further testing as the Bruins continue a four-game road trip with a Tuesday night road game in Columbus.
While the X-rays would indicate that no bones are broken, there’s still a chance of a ligament injury based on the impact and the way that Grzelcyk was gingerly holding his right arm while clearly in major pain as he skated off the ice.
With Grzelcyk out of the lineup and Kevan Miller still working back from an upper-body injury, it will be up to Steve Kampfer to draw back into the Bruins fold after a long stretch on the bench. The Bruins could also opt to call up Connor Clifton or Urho Vaakanainen to jump into the lineup while missing two of their top-6 regulars from the lineup, but that remains to be seen with the B’s not playing until tomorrow night.
The loss of Grzelcyk would be significant for the Bruins as he’s been a solid bottom pair D-man all season with two goals, 16 points and 19-plus minutes of ice time while providing a steady puck-moving presence when he’s on the ice.
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