Bruins fans everywhere got a scary scene in tonight’s game against Columbus as Zdeno Chara left in the second period with a “lower body injury” after getting tangled up with Antoine Vermette. Chara didn’t return in Boston’s 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets even though the teams were tied at three going into the second intermission, so it’s not as though his absence was due to a lopsided scoreline.
Claude Julien was unsure of Chara’s status going forward:
“We don’t if it’s just one or if he’ll be back in next game,” Julien said. “I’m not quite sure. I haven’t had a chance, so it’s hard to comment until I know the severity of it. Throughout the season, you’re going to have some injuries, and you’re going to have to live with them.”
With the way his knee appears to buckle in the video – looks like his MCL – it could be a stability issue, especially when you consider Chara has a fair amount of weight to carry around on him. Obviously Bruins fans will be hoping it’s nothing more than a bruise. According to the Boston Globe he was walking around without any noticeable discomfort after the game and he will be evaluated when the team returns to Boston.
Chara wasn’t the only big name to go down on Saturday night as Claude Giroux was taken out by the Flyers in their game against Tampa Bay. Giroux took a knee to the head from teammate Wayne Simmonds and didn’t return. If Giroux has a concussion – that’s speculation, though the way it looked to have happened it’s a logical conclusion – he is the third big name Flyer to go down with a head injury in recent weeks. Brayden Schenn and Chris Pronger are currently out with similar ailments.
Giroux is the NHL’s leading scorer so far this season with 39 points coming into Saturday’s game, adding another two assists against Tampa Bay before coming out of the game.
According to Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren, “This is precautionary and we want to err on the right side of caution.”
Ideally this is true. The NHL doesn’t need any more top level talent going out with head injuries.