Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk exited Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, after taking a nasty hit from behind from St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist.
With two minutes remaining in the first period, and the puck behind Boston’s net, Sundqvist sent an off-balance Grzelcyk crashing into the boards. Grzelcyk immediately grabbed his helmet before falling to the ice. Hunched over, he stayed down holding his head, while officials broke up an escalating scuffle between the two teams.
A look at the hit on by Oskar Sundqvist on Matt Grzelcyk. Didn't look good. pic.twitter.com/3yjlbhgkvs
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A trainer came out to tend to the 25-year-old Charlestown native, and teammates David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk also skated over to check in on the situation. The pair helped Grzelcyk off the ice, as he was then promptly escorted to the dressing room.
Sundqvist was sent to the penalty box for two minutes for boarding. The Bruins did not score on the power play, keeping the score 2-2.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Grzelcyk was taken to the hospital. He did not play after taking the hit.
Cassidy may have to turn to John Moore or Steven Kampfer if Grzelcyk can’t play in Game 3 Saturday.
“I’m not worried about them coming in. They’ve played the playoffs, helped us win games,” Cassidy said. “I’m more concerned with Grzelcyk’s health right now. I don’t have an update.
“Hopefully he comes back and he’s fine. We do have two days between the next game, so if not, we’ll look at Johnny vs Kampfer. The easy thing to say is Moore is a left stick. Keeps everyone on their appropriate side, but we’ll deal with that. Next man up, we’ve done a lot this year. I hate to lose a guy, but if that ends up being the case, then one of those two goes in.”
David Backes was critical of Sundqvist’s hit.
“I don’t think that’s a hit we want in our game, he said. “I think it’s from behind, elevated in to his head into the glass. If that’s a two-minute penalty, there’s going to be a shortage of defensemen in this series by the end of it. That’s in somebody else’s hands, that’s something I think that if I’m making that hit, I’m probably watching from the bleachers for a few but we will see what happens with their player.”