The Stanley Cup Playoffs is a two-month grind that takes a toll on both body and mind. Each year after teams are eliminated and not in danger of having their injuries targeted, they reveal to the media what injuries they were battling through. After 17 games in the first three rounds and then a grueling and bruising seven-game series against the St. Louis Blues the Boston Bruins weren’t just heartbroken, they were a walking M*A*S*H unit. On Friday the team revealed their laundry list of injuries as at least 10 players suffered and played through injuries in the playoffs.
Here is the list of players who were injured in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Jake DeBrusk – The left winger revealed to the media that he had played the entire playoffs with a concussion that he suffered in Game 2 of Round One against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he took a cross-check to the back of the head from Leafs center Nazem Kadri and went face first into the boards.
Zdeno Chara – The captain of the Bruins played through an injury he suffered in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against Carolina and a broken jaw that he suffered blocking a shot in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis. Chara played the rest of the series with wires, plates, and screws in his face.
Chris Wagner – The right winger suffered a forearm injury in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against Carolina when he blocked a shot towards the end of the game. Bruce Cassidy classified the injury as “not good.” Wagner did not play in the rest of the playoffs, though he would skate with the Bruins prior to Games 6 and 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
David Pastrnak – The skilled right winger missed some time in the regular season because of thumb surgery. Pastrnak re-injured his thumb in Round 2 against Columbus and although his shot was not affected, clearly he was not the same dynamic player he was at the start of the playoffs.
Noel Acciari – The right winger fractured his sternum in Round 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Acciari found it hard to breathe at times on the ice especially if he moved his arms in a certain direction. He then blocked a shot in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis and his right foot was in a walking boot as he left the arena on Wednesday.
Kevan Miller – The defenseman fractured his knee cap vertically towards the end of the regular season. Miller had surgery and was on track to be back in time for the playoffs, but he suffered a setback during the rehab process as he re-fractured it. The problem then was that he break was horizontal and required more surgery, ending any hopes of returning in the playoffs. This all came after Miller broke his hand in October, fractured his larynx in November and tore his oblique muscle in February. Miller said he expects to be back just after the 2019-20 regular season begins.
Brad Marchand – The left winger played through a groin injury as well as some abdominal issues. He also sprained his hand during the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup, only to re-aggravate it when the Bruins held their intrasquad scrimmage prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
John Moore – The defenseman suffered a shoulder injury towards the end of the regular season. Then in the playoffs, he suffered a broken humerus, the long bone between the elbow joint and the shoulder. Moore will need surgery and the timetable for his recovery could be as long as six months.
Patrice Bergeron – The center of the top line player through another groin injury. This injury occurred in the Eastern Conference Final against Carolina. You could clearly see Bergeron was limited as he would constantly test out his skating and took fewer faceoffs from that point on.
Matt Grzelcyk – The defenseman suffered from a concussion after he took a hit from Oskar Sundqvist in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Grzelcyk played well in Game 7 as he scored a goal, but it took some time for him to get cleared. Grzelcyk practiced with the team and it appeared he was on his way to play in Game 5, as he lost the non-contact jersey prior to Game 5. However, the doctors would not officially clear him until Game 7.