When the Bruins went from up 3-2 in their series against the Canadiens to being outscored 7-1 and dropping the next two games, something just didn’t look right with the Black and Gold.
Compared to their series against the Red Wings and their first few games against the Habs, the Bruins looked slow, shaken, and just plain off from the team we had seen through 82 regular season games and 10 playoff contests.
Turns out that there were some physical limitations that hampered the team in their quest to reach the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in four seasons.
Zdeno Chara, who the Bruins relied upon to anchor their defense even more so with Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, reportedly suffered a compound fracture in his finger in Game 4 and played the last three games of the series with the injury.
“It’s something that doesn’t need to be surgically done so far, and hopefully it stays that way,” he said. “But again, it’s not something that I’m going to be blaming, or making excuses. That’s the way it is. We all play with different injuries, or you’re banged up, and that’s part of hockey and the playoffs. For sure that’s not why we lost.”
Milan Lucic, who was a lightning rod for headlines after the Bruins’ Game 7 exit, revealed he wasn’t 100 percent himself on Friday, showing up to Break Up Day with a brace on his wrist.
“I got it caught and jammed it in the first period of last game,” he said. “Unfortunately now I have to get an MRI on it, so hopefully there’s nothing too bad in there other than just a sprain.”
Patrice Bergeron, who last season suffered a punctured lung, separated shoulder, and torn rib cartilage in the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Final loss to the Blackhawks, was able to finish the season healthy. He was one of the few consistent performers for the Bruins’ in the playoffs, totaling nine points to finish one behind Torey Krug for the team lead.
“It’s disappointing and it’s tough to be standing here right now and not advancing,” he said. “Physically I’m fine, but mentally and with my mood and everything it’s definitely not there. It’s not where you want to be.”
Chris Kelly, who missed all of the playoffs, ended up with a more serious injury than most expected when he was injured in the Bruins’ April 8 game against Minnesota.
“I got a herniated disc in my back, and more than likely that will require surgery,” he said. “I was just trying to do everything I could not to have surgery in order to play, but now that the season’s done I’ll probably go ahead in getting it fixed.
“We were trying everything we could, and we were going to do a few other things that we could have done to avoid surgery, and so I’ll push it back until after the season is done, but now we’ll just go that route.”
Adam McQuaid left the Bruins’ Jan. 19 matchup with the Blackhawks with a lower body injury. Despite several attempts at rehab and comebacks, the defenseman never saw another minute of ice time with the Bruins in 2014, missing the final 34 games and all of the playoffs.
“My ankle has been something that’s been going on for, it’s been bothering me for a while. Decided at the end of last year to try and play through it this year, just with how quick the turnaround was last year, so it was something that I knew coming into the year that I would have to get done at the end of this year.
“We got to a point with my quad that we knew it wasn’t going to be an option for this year, so that was when we decided to do the ankle as opposed to waiting until the end of the year.”
It was also revealed that Matt Fraser suffered a fracture in his foot in Game 1 of the Providence Bruins’ opening round series and played four games for the Providence and four for Boston with the broken foot. He will not continue on with Providence as the P-Bruins face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the second round playoff series.