Boston Bruins winger Ondrej Kase suffered another upper-body injury in the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Islanders Monday.
After returning to the lineup for the first time in 52 games, Ondrej Kase was back in the lineup Monday skating on a line with Nick Ritchie and Sean Kuraly. After getting through the first period seemingly unharmed, Kase took a thunderous hit from Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech in the second period and got right back up to help his team keep the puck in the offensive zone. During the second intermission though, the Bruins tweeted out that Ondrej Kase would not return to the game due to an upper-body injury. That was after he played just 2:19 in the second period.
During his postgame Zoom call with the media, Bruins head coach didn’t have much to offer in terms of an injury update except that it’s very likely that Kase won’t travel to Washington DC for a meaningless game against the Bruins’ first-round opponent, Washington Capitals.
“He didn’t finish the game, so that’s never a good sign,” Cassidy told reporters. “We’ll have a better feel in the morning, but I don’t believe he’ll play tomorrow.”
Prior to the game, an excited and relieved Ondrej Kase spoke to the media about finally playing another game.
“It’s been pretty hard for me. I only played six or seven games during the regular season, so it’s a very hard start for me playing for Boston,” said the Bruins winger who came to the Bruins just prior to the 2020 NHL Trade deadline. “I am so excited to be back. It was up and down a lot, but I feel like it was mostly “up.” Every week was a little bit better. It wasn’t a big hit, but [Wood] hit me in a bad spot.
“I’m ready…100 percent. I’ve skated for almost two months, so I’m conditioning is pretty good. I hope I can help the team. I haven’t played too many games here, so I need to show the team that I am important to play here.”
There is no confirmation that Ondrej Kase suffered another concussion or something that reignited his post-concussion symptoms but is sadly felt that way. Kase suffered his most recent concussion back on Jan. 16 when he left in the second period of the Bruins’ second game of the regular season.