With a playoff spot clinched, the mantra for the Bruins is “stay healthy.”
The mantra didn’t go too well today.
For the second season in a row, Brandon Carlo suffered what looked like a serious injury just a few games before the regular season ends.
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Terrible. It’s impossible to not feel bad for Carlo at this point.
The kid has had his ups and downs this season, but has looked good over the past few games. Now, it looks like he’ll be on the shelf for a while.
Obviously it’s good to be optimistic, but legs don’t bend like that. It seems like the best case scenario, given how much pain he was in, is a high ankle or bad knee sprain; either one would be weeks on the shelf.
The worst case would be a tear, either in the knee or ankle, which would put him out months.
If you remember, Carlo was concussed on a hit by Alexander Ovechkin late last season and ended up missing the playoffs.
Hopefully he gets back in time for playoff hockey this year, but it looks like he might be watching from Level 9 again.
EDIT (5:11 PM):
Decided to combine this into a complete injury post by adding in Riley Nash.
Brandon Carlo and Riley Nash are not going to Philadelphia.— Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) March 31, 2018
Riley Nash was injured when he took a puck to the head in the second period.
It looks like Nash got sewn up, but I’m guessing there are concussion fears.
Per Bruce Cassidy, Riley Nash received stitches in his ear after taking a puck to the head in the second period.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 31, 2018
No update on Brandon Carlo, who left on a stretcher in the third.
"Tough luck for Nasher and Carlo. Not what you want right now."