Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly missed the last three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in round two due to a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old played the entire first round against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the first two games against the Lightning before turning into a game-time decision for the remainder of the postseason.
“It was my groin,” said Sean Kuraly. “Something that’s a big asset to my game is skating. And when I can’t do that, there wasn’t really a way I could get out on the ice.”
Kuraly tried playing through his injury for a couple of games, but it got to the point where it was just getting worse. The Ohio native took “the best road forward” and sat out the remaining games. Thankfully that road will not require surgery.
“It was not like a surgical lower body injury,” Kuraly said. “Just sort of a nagging thing that started bugging me and what we tried to do was just the best, smartest thing that the trainers and doctors were advising.”
So, it appears that Kuraly will spend his offseason resting up, as rehab will not be needed.
“What it really needed was just rest,” said Kuraly. “It was just a thing that we were trying to do the best we could and thanks to the medical trainers for all their help. It was just a longer injury that we were trying to squeeze into a tighter window. Yeah, it’ll heal by itself, just rest and in a couple weeks, get it checked up.”
In 10 games during the playoffs, Kuraly registered one goal and two assists for three points. He finished the regular season tallying six goals and 17 assists in 69 games played.