BOSTON -- The Bruins were clearly bumped and bruised following their 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it looked like theyd be no worse for the wear.
The 28 hits doled out by a punishing Penguins bunch left the Bruins reaching for ice bags and aspirin as they readied to get on a plane for a Sunday afternoon road game.
At points during the game Dennis Seidenberg, Joe Corvo and David Krejci were forced to leave the bench with assorted issues, and both Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were dinged up as well. On top of all that Rich Peverley was mired at the end of Claude Juliens bench during the frantic final few minutes of the third period as the Bs furiously attempted to come back.
Seidenberg was hit high with an aggressive Joe Vitale check in front of the penalty boxes midway through the third period, and was ripped open with a cut that required roughly 20 stitches to sew up. Corvo had the wind knocked out of him when he collided with Andrew Ference just as Seidenberg had returned to the ice, but said he was okay following the game.
Krejci suffered a broken skate when Deryk Engelland slammed into him violently in the first period, and needed to retreat to the dressing room for equipment repairs before jumping back into the game.
Marchand appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in the third period that was hampering his ability to maneuver on the ice, but the Bs pest finished the game. Likewise Tyler Seguin caught a Pascal Dupuis high stick to the mouth that caused his upper lip to blow up like a balloon, but the 20-year-old was thanking his lucky stars that the injury didnt result in any lost teeth.
Claude Julien indicated that all of the players along with the newly recalled Jordan Caron will be taking the trip to Washington D.C. for tomorrow afternoons Super Bowl Sunday matinee against the Capitals.
Yeah, I think Seidenberg I was told he got close to probably 20 stitches from that cut he got when he got hit near the penalty box, said Julien. You saw Marchand banged up a little bit a lot of those things well see tomorrow. Those are injuries that the players came back and finished the game, and you got to check them out again the next day.One player that managed to escape any scrapes despite a hellacious collision was Daniel Paille, who was rocked by Brooks Orpik during a high-speed crash at mid-ice but was no worse for the wear. "I was going as fast as I could, wasnt even trying to hit him and same with him, Im pretty sure he wasnt trying to hit me," said Paille. "We just collided, and he ended up getting the best of me. Im sure it looked pretty bad, but I feel great."
Stay tuned to tomorrow mornings warm-up at the Verizon Center for any minor issues that could potentially turn into problems 24 hours later.