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Nick Foligno Forced Out Of Boston Bruins Loss With Injury

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The Boston Bruins didn’t have their new-look third line together for very long.

Nick Foligno was forced to exit Wednesday night’s 6-3 Bruins loss in Philadelphia vs. the Flyers in the second period with an upper body injury. The veteran winger skated his final shift with about four minutes to go in the second period and was seen wincing when he came off the ice, per the TNT broadcast of the Eastern Conference matchup.

“Upper body. He just pulled something,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Hopefully nothing serious, but wasn’t able to return. That’s never a good sign, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

It’s unfortunate given that Foligno is one of the new guys in the Boston Bruins lineup trying to get used to his new teammates and carve out his niche in an established group.

“I’m actually excited about that. It’s a clean slate in a lot of ways,” said Foligno, prior to the start of the season after joining the Bruins where he’s done a nice job showing some veteran guidance to linemate Jake DeBrusk. “I know what I bring and what I can help with on this team but at the end of the day it’s where I’m fitting. I’ve learned that as I’ve gone on.

“If we’re gonna try to be as good a team as we expect to be then everyone is gonna slot in and find their role; and the teams that find it early enough usually have that success sustained all year long. I’m another cog in the wheel of trying to find that. I’m excited about finding my place on this team and where I’m gonna fit best.”

It remains to be seen what the injury is for Foligno, but he did miss time at the end of last season with a “debilitating” back injury after he was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Toronto Maple Leafs down the stretch.

Once Foligno was out of the game, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy began shuffling his forward lines and double-shifted David Pastrnak with the B’s down by a couple of goals throughout the entire third period. The 33-year-old Foligno had an assist in 14:37 of ice time for the Black and Gold in last week’s home opening win against the Dallas Stars, and finished with four shot attempts, a hit and a minus-1 in 8:37 of ice time before being forced to call it a night for the Bruins.

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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LeafsFanAllMyLife

I’m just happy that Foligno slithered out of Toronto, this guy is a phony, in my opinion he was damaged goods when they got him at the trade deadline, he fed the Leafs and the fans how excited he was and everything and ended up doing squat, instead of resigning and proving he was a valuable piece, he took off and sucked the Bruins in. I never would wish an injury on someone, but maybe, just maybe karma is at work here!!!

Rick W Murray

I was against getting this guy from the start diminished goods, always injured, takes stupid penalties. I mentioned he’d be injured after less than a few weeks and here we go. Another Belesky.

DW

Boston had more cash free than anyone this summer and spent much of it on Foligno, a guy who was just injured and useless in the playoffs. They bolstered their bottom six which was needed, but still have massive questions on line 2 and now broken useless Foligno and again a useless bottom six. The fact Sweeney is still employed is the biggest injustice in pro sports.

DW

Sweeney is a disaster..always bringing in guys with injury questions. Fire Sweeney asap and try to redeem some fans you’re losing by the boatload. Sweeney cost this team 1 maybe more cups already. When is enough enough.

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