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Bruins D-Man Tinordi Exits With Injury After Controversial Hit

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The Boston Bruins appear to have lost another defenseman as Jared Tinordi needed to be helped off the ice after getting hammered by Brandon Tanev in front of the benches.

The Bruins announced that Tinordi (upper body injury) wouldn’t return to the game a couple of minutes into the third period.

Tanev was whistled for a five minute major for boarding, and a game misconduct, after crunching Tinordi, and then unfortunately watching as the big-bodied Bruins D-man crashed violently into the boards with his head snapping back. A dazed Tinordi needed a couple of Bruins players to help him back to the dressing room and the call was upheld by Pierre Lambert and Francois St. Laurent after reviewing it on video. Tanev was livid at the call and rightfully so, and the Penguins were able to kill off the five-minute Bruins power play in a 1-1 game.

Some Boston Bruins fans seemed to think it was a charging penalty, but the major was called for boarding on a clean, punishing hit that had an unfortunate when he crashed into the boards. There’s clearly some discretion on a violent hit that far away from the boards, but the hit wasn’t late or dirty in any way, shape or form in this humble hockey writers’ opinion.

Tinordi exits the game after unfortunately his best game as a Bruins with seven shot attempts and four hits in 10 plus minutes of ice time for the Black and Gold, and a huge hit on Evgeni Malkin in the corner that knocked the Penguins star out of the game as well. Tinordi joins Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo as injured Bruins defensemen that now gives the Black and Gold a lot of beef, strength and snarl on the injured list right now.

The five minute major for boarding was one of a number of questionable calls for Lambert and St. Laurent as they’ve had a rough night officiating in Pittsburgh.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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