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Hampus Lindholm knocked out of Game 2 early, Bruins unsure of his status moving forward

Game 2 was very physical.

Hampus Lindholm left Game 2. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Game 2 of the Bruins’ series against the Hurricanes was very physical.

Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm was on the wrong side of a hit by Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov late in the second period.

Lindholm was gathering the puck behind the Bruins’ net, preparing to pass it when Svechnikov skated toward him and gave him a devastating blow. Play immediately stopped with Lindholm lying on the ice for a moment. Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark, along with team trainers, skated over to help the wobbly Lindholm get back to the Bruins bench and into the locker room.

Meanwhile, a scrum broke out between the other skaters on the ice. Even though the Bruins were the ones that were on the wrong side of the hit, the Hurricanes ended up on the power play after the scrum. Svechnikov was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing while Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo received a double minor for roughing. Forward Trent Frederic severed Carlo’s other minor.

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Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t provide much of an update on Lindholm’s status moving forward.

“I don’t have an answer to that,” Cassidy said when asked if Lindholm will be cleared to fly with the team back to Boston. “I saw him earlier and talked to him right after the incident and he seemed to be OK. I don’t know if he left here, to be honest with you. I honestly don’t know.”

Cassidy didn’t really have much to say on whether the officials made the right or wrong call on Svechnikov’s hit.

“Well, it looked high to me. And that’s why he left the game. He has an upper-body injury,” Cassidy said. “It was on time, certainly. It looked high but they didn’t see it that way. Sometimes those get reviewed, sometimes they don’t. I don’t know if this one will or not. I haven’t heard yet.”

With the Hurricanes on the power play, the chippiness continued. Bruins winger Brad Marchand skated into the Hurricanes’ zone and delivered a shot that was glove-saved by Hurricanes goalie Pyotr Kochetkov. Marchand gave Kochetkov a little hit, and Kochetkov gave a punch back to Marchand. After Marchand turned around to the Hurricanes’ keeper, Kochetkov slashed Marchand who responded by slashing Kotchetkove back. Both players were given minors for slashing.

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A minute later, with just slightly more than a minute left in the second period, Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter scored on the power play to put Carolina up 4-1.

Svechnikov’s hit on Lindholm came after David Pastrnak’s first-period collision with Antti Raanta, which knocked the Hurricanes goalie out of the game. The collision set the tone for a very physical Game 2. The two teams combined for 46 penalty minutes (28 for the Bruins, 18 for the Hurricanes) as Carolina ended up winning, 5-2, to take a 2-0 series lead.

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