A mammoth NHL hit Tuesday night led to both players eventually leaving the game with injuries.
Boston Bruins forward Marcus Johansson, who absorbed the hit from the Carolina Hurricanes’ Micheal Ferland early in the first period at Boston, went to the dressing room and later to the hospital with an upper-body injury.
“It looks encouraging,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters after the game, “but I don’t want to speak out of turn. When tests are done, we’ll have a better answer.”
Though it was a clean shoulder-to-shoulder hit, the force gave Johansson a whiplash effect. Johansson, who has had concussion issues, was down on the ice for a minute or more and had problems getting to a standing position. He was holding his arm oddly.
Ferland went airborne during the hit and fell hard but stayed in the game.
On his next shift, though, he and Bruins forward David Backes dropped their gloves while standing on opposite sides of the faceoff circle and squared off to fight.
The fight was over quickly, with few punches thrown and Ferland ending up on top of Backes.
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But Ferland held his arm as though he hurt his shoulder. He left the game and didn’t return because of an upper-body injury, the team said.
Ferland, one of the most physical players on the Hurricanes, has missed nine games with injury this season.
The Bruins had acquired Johansson from the New Jersey Devils at the trade deadline. He was playing his fourth game with them.
The Bruins won 4-3 in overtime to extend their point streak to 17 games (14-0-3).