The Boston Bruins might have lost a fourth liner that was actively bringing a spark to the team in recent weeks.
Veteran bottom-6 depth guy Anthon Blidh had to exit Sunday night’s 3-2 win for the Boston Bruins over the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting blasted from behind by Vancouver defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson into the end boards. The violent play happened in the final five minutes of the third period with the game tied and the good news for the B’s was that it led to Brad Marchand’s power play game-winner for the Black and Gold.
Blidh immediately cried out in pain after going shoulder-first into the boards, didn’t return in the final minutes of the game and Bruce Cassidy indicated that he might miss some time with the injury.
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“Upper body. No concussion or anything like that. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, who pointed to the shoulder/collar bone area of Blidh as the problem. “He’s sore right now and he may miss time, he may not. But that’s something that we’ll have to look at tomorrow.”
It’s unfortunate timing for Blidh, who scored Boston’s first goal in the Sunday night win and had a shot on net and two hits in 9:36 of ice time for the victorious Bruins.
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Blidh has a goal and three points in eight games during the month of November and has been a steady lineup member this month while getting a chance in place of youngsters like Trent Frederic and veteran energy line players like Chris Wagner as well.
The good news is that Frederic (five shot attempts, three hits and a blocked shot) was similarly effective in his return to the B’s lineup from a concussion on Sunday night and may be able to easily slip into a left wing role replacing Blidh if the injury proves to be serious enough.