The Bruins have been rolling for the past few weeks, but one of their trade deadline acquisitions may miss some time after taking a big hit in the first period of tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
That acquisition? Marcus Johansson, who was laid into by Micheal Ferland.
Marcus Johansson gets lit up by Micheal Ferland & is injured pic.twitter.com/FhmVh6sgXK— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 6, 2019
Marcus Johansson collides with Micheal Ferland and he's hurting. pic.twitter.com/FMhrwiUKQJ— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 6, 2019
Not great! There’s not much you can argue about the hit, as it wasn’t late or targeting the head. It was just a big hit on a smaller guy.
The problem, of course, is that Marcus Johansson has a concussion history, mainly thanks to his now-teammate Brad Marchand. Awkward. It’s not officially a concussion, but the snap of Johansson’s had certainly makes that thought enter your mind.
However, it did appear that Johansson was favoring his shoulder when exiting the ice, so maybe it was that instead of his head.
Johansson left the game, and the team announced he wouldn’t return due to an “upper-body injury.”
Oddly enough, Ferland would leave the game with an injury of his own shortly thereafter, but not before being asked to answer for his big hit.
Micheal Ferland and David Backes drop the gloves. Very intense start in Boston. Ferland goes to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/FvCI0zMkMw— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) March 6, 2019