Hamilton, Miller forced to leave game with injuries

Hamilton, Miller forced to leave game with injuries
December 8, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Bruins were already down five regulars headed into Sunday night’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, and it looks like they might have lost a couple more. Dougie Hamilton was forced to leave in the first period of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs with a leg injury after a collision against the side boards with Carl Gunnarson, and then Kevan Miller fell victim to an egregious, uncalled hit from behind authored by Dion Phaneuf late in the third period.

It was mind-boggling that the refs completely missed Phaneuf cleaning out Miller with a dangerous, reckless hit from behind that smacked his head against the dasher.

The Hamilton injury made it the fifth time this season that the Bruins have lost a member of their defensemen corps in the first period, and then been forced to make due with five D-men for the remainder of the game.

With Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid both slowly on the mend, it’s unlikely either one of them would be ready to play by Tuesday night in Calgary against the Flames.

Claude Julien told reporters after the game that Hamilton was going back to Boston for evaluation, and would miss rest of the road trip. Julien also said Miller should be good to go against Calgary after close call with hit.

The B’s will have to once again dip down into the Providence Bruins roster for David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman or Joe Morrow to fill Hamilton's void.

Warsofsky has played some great offensive hockey for the P-Bruins with 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) and a plus-10 in 23 AHL games, but he’s more in the mold of Torey Krug than Miller or Hamilton. The Bruins are content to let Morrow continue his development at the AHL level, so it’s likely that Trotman would be the guy should they need another healthy body.

He was a standout during NHL training camp, and has six points (1 goal, five assists) and a plus-11 in 16 games for the P-Bruins. Either way, the Bruins will continue to get their excellent organizational depth tested by the attrition and adversity that’s always part of an 82-game NHL gauntlet.