WILMINGTON, MA The Bruins have suited up for work after getting hammered on the ice and on the scoreboard by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, and as expected some bodies are missing for the Black and Gold.
Shawn Thornton has been diagnosed with a concussion by the Bruins medical staff and will be out for the next 7-10 days according to a release from the team, though putting timetables on brain injuries can be a dicey exercise.
Thornton headed straight to the dressing room from the penalty box after serving out his five minutes following his fight with 6-foot-8 Buffalo enforcer John Scott, and never returned to the game. The Scott bout was Thorntons third fight this season in his seventh game of the year less than two weeks into the season.
Additionally Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and David Krejci are all missing from the Ristuccia Arena practice ice as the Bruins prepare for a Saturday night game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.
Bergeron took an awkward spill into the end boards and left the ice briefly with what appeared to be a right shoulder issue, but the two-way center returned to finish out of the game. Paille was the victim of a high-stick from Tyler Myers that ended up catching him near one of his eyes, and he never returned to game in the third period.
There was no visible injury with David Krejci during Thursdays intense, physical match, and the center could be getting one of the maintenance days that Claude Julien has been handing out during this unconventional 48-game shortened schedule.
Jamie Tardif has been called up on emergency recall from the AHL Providence Bruins with so many Bruins players banged up after the Sabres loss, and it appears he could be in line to make his NHL debut in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.