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Boston Bruins Lindholm ‘Not Doing Well’ After Punishing Hit



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Things are going from bad to worse for the Boston Bruins as Hampus Lindholm appears to have been knocked out of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series after a devastating hit from Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov.

It was midway through the second period in a game the Bruins eventually lost by a 5-2 score and Lindholm was wheeling the puck behind the Boston net with his head down when Svechnikov caught him with a clean, punishing hit shoulder to chest. The violence of the impact was so great that it actually snapped Lindholm’s stick, and he was left holding the broken handle as he attempted to shake out the cobwebs following the big impact.

The devastating collision sent Lindholm flying, and a trio of Boston Bruins players (Taylor Hall, Brandon Carlo and Erik Haula) immediately went after Svechnikov in the corner.

But the damage was down at that point as Lindholm looked completely dazed and wobbly-legged as he needed to be helped off the ice and didn’t return for the rest of the second period. Early in the third period the Boston Bruins confirmed that Lindholm would not return to the game with an upper body injury stemming from the violent body check.

Svechnikov was called for roughing in the aftermath of the hit as was Carlo, but there were no penalties that arose from the actual hit that knocked Lindholm out of the game. After the game, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy gave an update essentially saying that the defenseman “was not doing well” with an upper body injury.

“He’s not doing well. It looked high to me and that’s why he left the game,” said Cassidy, clearly alluding to a suspected concussion from a hit he saw as “high”. “He has an upper body injury. It was on time certainly. But it looked high. They didn’t see it that way. Sometimes those get reviewed and sometimes they don’t, but we’ll see I guess.”

Hampus Lindholm had a couple of shots on net and a couple of hits in 13:58 of ice time playing in a new ‘D’ pairing with Brandon Carlo during Wednesday night’s Game 2, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s done for the series after that kind of hit and subsequent injury.

It’s part of an overall nasty game on both sides as Brad Marchand and Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov traded slashes during one period following the Lindholm hit, and a teamwide brouhaha closed out the first period that left three Boston Bruins players in the penalty box to start the second period.

It looked like the Boston Bruins were finally getting some traction when Patrice Bergeron scored a power play goal to make it a 3-1 game, but Svechnikov lowered the boom on Lindholm just a couple of minutes later to once again seize the momentum for the Hurricanes.


Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, 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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Clean hit to the chin? Which is attached to the head? C’mon.


So the Bruins can’t beat the journeyman who had never played a playoff game…the rookie who had played in 3 NHL games and in his first playoff start…really don’t want to see if they can beat the Zamboni driver, as I don’t like their chances.
This has a definite “sweep” feel to me.

Kevin L

First: The NHL cannot change the obvious points shown by the video of the Lindholm hit! Classic example and definitive hit-to-the-head, with all the line items in the rule book covered (upward motion, jumping off the ice at point of impact, following through with hit to the head, etc.). This hit cannot be spun in any way. Video doesn’t lie. Second: Pastrnak’s hit on the goalie was a non-issue (at most, interference?) Frame-by-frame shows the goalie spun-and-dropped — and in the process knocked his jaw protection into his mouth!!!! That’s where the blood came from. Doesn’t take a physicist to… Read more »

Matt burdick

Lol yeah that was a clean hit Joe, what game did you watch last night Disney on Ice. What a hack


The Carolina player knocked his mask off.


The Carolina guy knocked the mask off.

William Mahoney

#37,37,37 The Bruins are an embarrassment! I wonder how the old time Bruins would have responded?


They should have traded Carlo last year after he got punished by Wilson with a cheap shot to the head, then did NOTHING about it. Biggest wimp out there. The team is soft, no one is intimidated by Frederic.

Rick W Murray

hopeless.. completely hopeless!!! I turned it off after the third goal, Too old, too slow and not as talented. This one’s over! About the only positive thing to come out of this Sweeney will be gone old lump lump in the front office is history as well. With the exception of Mac get rid of everyone pick up a couple a couple of first rounders rebuild. Get Bigger Faster, And no one get a goalie someone who can stop pucks.


Lindholm seems durable. Another Ondrej Kase?


Kase got concussions from trying to step on the ice for the Bruins. At least Lindholm is actually taking some punishment to get hurt.


I lost faith in Cassidy also, last night He made the right call in putting out an extra skater while on the power play in the final four minutes of the game and out comes Thomas Nossik. They had a better chance of scoring letting Ullmark play wing

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