BOSTON - The Bruins' defense corps could be shorthanded as the Stanley Cup Final shifts to St. Louis. According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Matt Grzelcyk is "in protocol" and listed as day-to-day after being drilled into the end boards from behind during the first period of Game 2.
In the corner to the right of Tuukka Rask, Grzelcyk was facing the glass as he tried to play the puck behind the net, when Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist laid into the blue liner, making forceful contact with his head and back.
Grzelcyk was down on the ice for several minutes and needed assistance from Bruins trainer Don DelNegro, as well as teammates David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, to make his way to the dressing room. The 25-year-old, who has played in every game so far this postseason, was then taken to the hospital for further testing.
"When we have a further update, we'll give it to you," Cassidy said during his daily press conference on Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. "We're gonna list him as day to day. It's Thursday, we don't play until Saturday. Typically, I'll give out the lineup either Friday or Saturday. Right now, that's the best I've got for you. We'll see where it goes from there…he won't travel with us today.
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According to a tweet sent out by National Hockey League's Department of Player of Safety on Thursday morning, Sundqvist will have a hearing for the hit.
"Obviously, it's one of those things where it happens fast on the ice," said Patrice Bergeron. "On that particular hit, I thought Grizzy was kind of facing that way the whole time. He was trying to handle the puck and go over to his partner. It seemed like he was in that position for a little bit of time to give enough time for that guy coming in to maybe change his route or try to avoid the head. But like I said, it happens fast. It's not always easy to do something."
Charlie McAvoy, a close friend of Grzelcyk's and his former teammate at Boston University, said he spoke with Grzelcyk on Wedneday night and again on Thursday morning and that he was "in good spirits" despite the injury.
"He was in our prayers last night," said McAvoy. "We weren't sure how he was feeling. But just in talking to him a little bit, I think he's in good spirits and obivously we're looking for him to rejoin us as quick as possible."
Should Grzelcyk have to miss any game action, Cassidy will have to decide whether Steven Kampfer of John Moore is inserted into the lineup. Moore, who has played in five games during the playoffs, appears to have the inside track because of his left shot.
"That's the easiest thing is to keep everyone on their strong sides," said Cassidy. "But we'll look at that a little more once we find out from Matt. We don't practice today, we're traveling. [Friday] morning we'll have a better idea, look at practice and then make our decision and ultimately decide Saturday. But Friday's practice will probably be a better indicator."