BOSTON – The Boston Bruins had a pretty chippy Tuesday night game against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden and may have lost one of their more physical players as a result.
Big fourth line forward Trent Frederic was doling out hits and playing one of his better games this season against the divisional rival Sens, but was knocked out of the game in the second period when Ottawa defenseman Josh Brown caught him with a massive hit in the neutral zone. Bruce Cassidy said following Tuesday night’s 3-2 Bruins win over the Senators that the team expected to have more information on Frederic’s condition on Wednesday morning.
Perhaps it was payback for Frederic punishing Erik Brunnstrom with a hit in the corner earlier in the game, but either way the damage was done with the Boston Bruins player.
Trent Frederic to the Bruins dressing room after getting rocked by Josh Brown pic.twitter.com/XZfuewi7q8
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It was a clean, punishing hit that Frederic didn’t see coming and the young St. Louis native looked wobbly coming off the ice after the collision.
Frederic left for the Bruins dressing room a little later in the period and the Bruins announced in the third period that he was done for the night with an upper body injury. Jake DeBrusk skated in Frederic’s spot on the fourth line with Tomas Nosek and Curtis Lazar during the third period, and the heavy hitting and nastiness continued in the third period with Charlie McAvoy drilling Zach Sanford against the side boards.
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The Bruins have Karson Kuhlman ready to potentially replace Frederic’s spot in the lineup if he ends up missing time, and they’re expected to get a big, physical presence back in Nick Foligno as he’s targeted for a potential return Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.
Frederic has one assist and a minus-1 in nine games this season for the Black and Gold, but had two hits, a shot attempt and a takeaway in 6:07 of ice time in Tuesday’s game before getting walloped by Brown.