Boston, MA --
|Boston Bruins left wing Marco Sturm, center, is helped off the ice by Boston Bruins' David Krejci (46) and Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and a team trainer during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston Saturday, May 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
Just under 24-hours after Marc Savard
's game-winning goal put the Hub of Hockey on cloud-9, Boston's hockey fans have been brought down to Earth.
The injury that Marco Sturm suffered early in Game 1, will cost him the rest of the season.
"Marco suffered a knee injury yesterday that will keep him out for the rest of the year," said Claude Julien during his media availabily on Sunday. "It’s unfortunate news for our hockey club and certainly for him who’s battled through a major injury last year and was really looking forward to these playoffs."
Sturm, who led the Bruins during the regular season with 22 goals, will not be available in the short run and his long-term prognosis is cloudy.
"I don’t know yet [if he’ll need surgery]," said Julien. "Again, they just talked about the injury being one that would keep him out for the rest of the year.
"When you have a knee injury, there’s swelling involved and everything else. That becomes a medical issue and right now, I haven’t been told yet what’s going to happen with him."
On Saturday, before the Bruins knew the extent of the injury to their teammate, the Bruins spoke about Sturm.
"It’s always tough to see a teammate going down and obviously, our bench was one man short and so, you know, those things kind of do happen and we can’t really control them," said Chara, postgame. "The guys up front really shared the load and played really hard and it for sure wasn’t easy for them."
"Sometimes in the playoffs things like that happen," said Sturm's friend, linemate and teammate Patrice Bergeron
. "Hopefully the guys are okay, but for us we just had to all step up and do the job."