Lucic played through playoffs with broken toe


Lucic played through playoffs with broken toe

By Joe Haggerty Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
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.

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Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.