By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON -- Word about hockey injuries always begins to filter out after the season has been completed, and that's begun to happen with the last hockey club standing with the Cup.
Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't have any final word on surgeries or potential injury rehab work over the summer when he spoke to the media on Sunday, but he added another name to the list of injured Bruins.
Milan Lucic was playing through a broken toe for at least a portion of the playoffs, and that certainly hampered his skating and ability to move around in short explosive bursts. Julien didn't expand on the details of Lucic's broken toe, but said that plenty of players were battling through injuries.
Lucic later confirmed that he busted his right bigtoe when he tooka Tyler Seguin shot off the foot at practiceduring the Tampa Bay series, and that it washurting himquite a bit for the duration of the conference finals.
"I don't know about surgeries, but I can tell you that a lot of guys were playing banged up," said Julien. "There were never any real times where the training staff said, 'I can't get this player ready to go for the game,' but guys definitely played through stuff."There is no surgery for a broken big toe, and Lucic said the pain and swelling will simply go away over the next couple of weeks. "I was playing the last thirteen games with a broken toe. I dont know, Im sure you guys saw me limping around a little bit, but definitely was tough to play through," said Lucic. "Thank God for freezing and Novocain to make it feel good. Its all healed up now, so its all good. I think if you tried to break my leg I would have gone out there and played with it."Lucic also said he was dealing with a sinus infection through the final regular seasongames and the first round of the playoffs, and it made him "feel like his head was in a fog" all the time. The Bruins left wing has sinus surgery planned for this summer to correct the issue, and should have a clean bill of health headed into next season.
There had been plenty of speculation about Lucic playing with an injury when the power forward struggled at times while putting up 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 25 games with a plus-11 during the postseason. While every hockey player worth their salt would play through that kind of injury in the playoffs, it undoubtedly affected his performance in the last two rounds.