Eriksson out with 'pretty severe' concussion

Eriksson out with 'pretty severe' concussion
October 24, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Loui Eriksson is helped off the ice by his teammates after taking John Scott's elbow to his head.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON - The Bruins will be without winger Loui Eriksson for an indefinite amount of time with what B’s coach Claude Julien called a “pretty severe” concussion in his pregame chat with the media Thursday afternoon.

The Swedish forward was felled by a blind-side cheap shot check to the head courtesy of 6-foot-8, 280-pound Buffalo Sabres goon John Scott in the third period of Boston’s 5-2 win over the Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Eriksson stayed in Buffalo overnight and traveled home with a Bruins trainer on Thursday while Scott is waiting to have an “in person” hearing with the Department of Player Safety about his hit.

“It’s an unfortunate thing, and he's day-to-day right now, and we don’t know the severity of it quite yet,” said Julien. “You never know with those things until you see the days go by, and whether he's improving or not. We don't know the severity of it yet...we think it seems pretty severe, but I don’t think we’re looking at Providence [for an extra player] right now anyway.”

Jordan Caron was the extra forward pushed back into the lineup in place of the first major injury sustained by the Bruins team this season.

Brad Marchand was bumped back up to the second line to take Eriksson’s place in Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, but there’s little doubt the skilled winger will be missed as an intelligent asset in all phases of the game. Eriksson had two goals and three points along with a plus-3 rating in eight games, and had shown flashes of chemistry skating with Bergeron and Smith through the first three plus weeks of the season.