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Boston Bruins Look For Pastrnak, Lindholm Returns ‘As Quickly As Possible’

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The time out of the lineup is starting to accumulate for injured Boston Bruins stars David Pastrnak and Hampus Lindholm, who have been out of the game for six and five games respectively with late season maladies.

Pastrnak has been out since tumbling awkwardly while battling for a puck out of a faceoff in a road win over Columbus and truth be told appeared to be battling an upper body injury for the last month before finally heading out of the lineup.

Lindholm has been out since suffering a lower body injury in a road loss to the Detroit Red Wings and exiting that game in the second period.

Both injuries aren’t considered serious and both players have resumed skating on their own in recent days, and Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said that a return for both players is important when it comes to getting tuned up for the playoffs after clinching a spot this weekend.

Certainly, Cassidy indicated the Boston Bruins aren’t being overly cautious or “resting” Pastrnak and Lindholm at this point.

“Pasta and Lindholm have been out for a bit here, but [Lindholm] hasn’t played a lot of hockey with us so I think it would benefit him playing with our guys in our system. Pasta has been playing here for a lot of years, but he’s a timing guy so he needs to play. When they’re ready, they are in,” said Cassidy. “Now if you play them in back-to-backs at the end of the year or play 3 [games] in four [days] now that’s a different story. But right now, we’d like them to get in and get playing as quickly as possible.

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“I was talking to Linus [Ullmark] and he feels better. How quick that comes around remains to be seen, but it was good to see him up and feeling good. Carlo might have been a one-off quickly that was a red flag quickly and now he’s feeling good. Those are good. We’re not going to rush anybody, but [Lindholm and Pastrnak] are going in when they’re feeling good.”

Ullmark is out after getting hit in the helmet with an Erik Brannstrom blast in Thursday’s loss to the Senators, and Jeremy Swayman stepped in and made 23 saves in a winning performance on Saturday.

From a practical standpoint, the Boston Bruins need a return from Pastrnak and Lindholm as well. The Boston Bruins defensemen corps was strong in Saturday afternoon’s win over the Penguins, but has struggled with puck management, defensive zone duties and even taking penalties as of late without a big ice time guy in Lindholm.

And the Boston Bruins power play hasn’t scored a PP goal since David Pastrnak exited the lineup and is currently 0-for-25 while clearly missing the threat of his big one-timer shot that opens up time and space for everybody else on the unit when he’s out there. It isn’t known how close to they are to a return, but they get a couple more days to recover prior to hitting the road for games against the Blues and Penguins next week.

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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no icing

bobby baun played with a leg fracture that was so bad his foot was swollen and they could barely get his skate on him. bobby orr could barely walk and had to go through hours of therapy before every game to play. i wasn’t getting paid to play and i finished one game with a bleeding broken nose, and played a regular shift through a 120 minute triple overtime tie with a fever of 102. time to suck it up ladies !

Jimmy Murphy

Good for you bud but different generation now and different times financially. You mention pay as if because they’re paid handsomely they’re somehow supposed to risk future millions over some unwritten rule that they’re wusses if they don’t play hurt. Also, it’s not always the players’ choice. Not to dehumanize pro athletes but they are business investments and assets. Do you think that Jeremy Jacobs wants to pay these guy millions while they sit on LTIR and in some cases sit there while retired because they tried play through something? None of us know what’s going on behind the scenes… Read more »

Clacker47

It’s hard to believe that an NHL team would have a powerplay unit that can’t operate in the absence of one player…but I guess that the Bruins do. The coaching staff needs to get that figured out because injuries happen in the playoffs as well!

no icing

what a sign of the times and how things have changed. the Bs smeared joe thornton as being soft and shipped him out of town after he played fairly well with broken ribs, but the Bs lost to montreal. now these two ” gladiators ” can’t suit up for weeks after suffering injuries so grievous, you can’t even figure out when they were injured. if you get a soft player, he is likely european.

Clacker47

Another thing that troubles me is the Bruins horrific shooting percentage. It seems that they would prefer a style of shooting from everywhere and hoping it goes in, rather than getting quality chances, traffic and tips etc. there is a reason that average goalies are made to look like Vezina candidates when they play the Bruins…most saves are easy because the shots are mostly low danger. That needs to change quickly, as in the playoffs they would get many opportunities.

Cashmanneeded

McAvoy needs a rest before SC. Ullmark as SC goalie. Need to figure out how to deal with TML speed/ top line M & M.

Rick W Murray

This isn’t Tic tac toe Orr and Howe used to play with injuries far beyond what Pasta and Lindholm have get these turkeys back in the lineup they are being paid a fortune …play hockey!!!

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