Boston Bruins Defenceman Matt Grzelcyk In Concussion Protocol

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Matt Grzelcyk
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 02: Boston Bruins left defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) fires a pass during a game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on March 2, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Boston Bruins blue-liner Matt Grzelcyk was injured during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after receiving a heavy hit from behind. The incident occurred late in the 1st period. Grzelcyk did not return to the game, forcing the Bruins to rotate five defensemen in the 3-2 overtime loss.

On Thursday, head coach Bruce Cassidy updated the situation, stating that Grzelcyk is undergoing the NHL’s concussion protocol and is considered day-to-day. He will not travel with the rest of the team to St. Louis later today.

Matt Grzelcyk Injured In Overtime Loss

With just over two minutes remaining in the first period of Game 2, St. Louis Blues forward Oscar Sundqvist hit Grzelcyk from behind. Grzelyck crashed into the boards and spent a significant amount of time on the ice before being helped off by team trainers. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that Grzelcyk went to a local hospital for an evaluation, but offered no further update. It is an upper-body injury.

The Boston Bruins ultimately failed to capitalize on the ensuing power play, and the first period ended tied at two goals each. The game remained tied until Carl Gunnarsson‘s overtime winner, which tied the Stanley Cup Final. Grzelcyk’s injury forced Cassidy to rotate his remaining five defensive players for the rest of the game. The St. Louis Blues took advantage of a tired Bruins defence and outplayed them the rest of the game.

The hit that caused the injury is currently under review by the NHL player safety group. Sundqvist could face a fine or a suspension. The Blues are already without rookie forward Robert Thomas, and losing Sundqvist would further deplete the team.

The Bruins and Blues series is tied at one game a piece and will continue with Game 3 in St. Louis on Saturday.

 

Main Photo: BOSTON, MA – MARCH 02: Boston Bruins left defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) fires a pass during a game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on March 2, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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