The Boston Bruins went down a defenseman in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final when Matt Grzelcyk took a hard hit along the end boards from St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.
Sundqvist's upper body made contact with Grzelcyk's head, forcing the Bruins defenseman to stay down on the ice for a bit before being helped up and aided to the B's bench by two teammates.
Grzelcyk never returned to the game, and Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy didn't have much of an update following Boston's 3-2 loss in overtime at TD Garden.
"He got hit from behind, that's what was called," Cassidy said. "His head got driven into the glass, so he went to the hospital to get some tests and never returned, obviously. We're still waiting for an update."
Here's a replay of the hit, which resulted in a two-minute minor penalty for boarding on Sundqvist.
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If Grzelcyk is unable to play in Saturday night's Game 3 in St. Louis, John Moore is the best bet to take his place in the lineup. Moore, like Grzelcyk, is a left-shot defenseman, so from that perspective it would be a smooth transition. Moore replaced Chara in the B's lineup when the captain missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes.
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