The Boston Bruins lost one of their stalwart forwards to injury on Saturday night as Nick Foligno was knocked out of the game vs. the Lightning with a lower body injury.
Foligno had to be helped off the ice in the second period of Boston’s weekend tilt vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena after Tampa defenseman Cal Foote fell on Foligno’s left leg as he went after a loose puck in front of the Lightning net. It sure didn’t look good as Foligno’s foot and lower leg twisted awkwardly under the falling weight of Foote, but it remains to be seen how serious the injury will be moving forward.
This does not look good for Nick Foligno pic.twitter.com/q5DO5Pua0b
— Evan Marinofsky (@EvanMarinofsky) January 9, 2022
Foligno has already been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Washington Capitals
“A lower body (injury) obviously, you saw his leg kind of buckle there. So I suspect we’ll have a better update tomorrow,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy after the win. “We knew right away he wouldn’t return, how bad it is, I think [we’ll give it] a couple days but my guess is we’ll probably rule him out for Monday.”
The injury to Foligno was exactly the kind of situation that prompted the Boston Bruins to bring journeyman forward Steven Fogarty with them for the two-game road trip through Tampa and Washington. Postgame Cassidy also indicated that Jake DeBrusk may be eligible to come off the COVID list in time for the game vs. the Caps.
Foligno finished with a shot on net, a hit and a face-off win in 4:39 of ice time for the Bruins prior to being knocked out of the game. The 34-year-old Foligno had been relatively healthy as of late, and even scored his first goal of the season coming out of the holiday/COVID break, after missing time early in the season with an unrelated upper body injury.