The shuttle between Boston and Providence continues for the Bruins as Nick Johnson and David Warsofsky were both called back up to the B’s on Saturday morning after a bruising first game back from the holiday break. Johnson and Warsofsky were both just sent down prior to the Christmas holiday, but will be needed on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators on emergency recall after injuries sustained by Dennis Seidenberg and Carl Soderberg.
Claude Julien told reporters on Saturday morning that both Soderberg and Seidenberg hadn’t made the trip to Ottawa, and were out for the second half of the home-and-home against the Senators.
Seidenberg suffered a lower body injury when he got tangled up awkwardly with Corey Conacher late in the third period of the Friday night 5-0 win over Ottawa, and Soderberg appeared to get his bell ring early in the third period on a hit by Erik Karlsson. It was during a delayed penalty play where Jean-Gabriel Pageau was going off for high-sticking Johnny Boychuk, and Karlsson drilled Soderberg between the benches with a hit that caused the Big Swede’s head to bounce off the turnbuckle.
Soderberg went down, fell the first time he tried to get up and then proceeded to stare straight ahead for 5-10 seconds with a dazed expression on his face before returning to the B’s bench.
Julien didn’t specify the injury for Soderberg, but it wouldn’t be shocking to learn it was a potential concussion suffered when his head slammed into the glass partition between the two benches. Furthermore it appeared to be a potential knee injury with Seidenberg as well, but he’s surprised in the past with his remarkable flexibility and healing powers while avoiding major injuries.
Johnson skated in a scoreless seven games with the Bruins after getting called up amid a rash of injuries earlier this month, and Warsofsky played in three games last week when the B’s sent Kevan Miller back down to Providence.