Bruins’ Johansson Out for at Least a Week
By Rich Thompson
Marcus Johansson was not available for the Bruins official team photo on Wednesday morning at the Garden.
The Bruins used a substitute wearing the left winger’s No. 90 jersey and he was situated on the far left in the back row. Johansson was at Massachusetts General Hospital recovering from the vicious shoulder to shoulder hit he received from Micheal Ferland in the first period of the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime win against Carolina Tuesday night.
The B’s issued an update on Johansson via Twitter Wednesday night, saying “Testing revealed a lung contusion. He was monitored overnight and was discharged today after further evaluation by specialists. He will be re-evaluated in approximately one week.”
Johansson, acquired at the trade deadline from New Jersey for a couple of draft picks, played two seasons with the Devils but missed considerable time from two concussions, one inflicted by Bruins forward Brad Marchand. He played in 48 games for the Devils before the trade.
Johansson got acclimated to the Bruins’ system playing on the second line with center David Krejci and right winger Jake DeBrusk, who notched his 22nd goal of the season against the Hurricanes.
“From the first game he was making plays,” Krejci said. “We’ve been getting better each game and it was unfortunate that he got hurt, hopefully it’s nothing serious and he will be back soon.”
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy speculated that Peter Cehlarik, who was recalled from Providence on March 1, could take Johansson’s spot on the second line tonight against Florida.
KURALY READY TO ROLL
Fourth line center Sean Kuraly expects to be back tonight as the Bruins look to extend their 17-game points streak.
Kuraly was placed in the NHL’s concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head from Tampa Bay defenseman Braydon Coburn on Feb. 28.
“I’m feeling good and hopefully I’ll be back for the (Panthers game),” Kuraly said. “I went through the whole protocol and everything but I’m not rushing it, I’m taking it day by day.”
Cassidy said he will make a decision on Kuraly after the Bruins pregame skate.
“I’d call him probable right now,” the coach said. “Now it seems it’s trending well.”
If Kuraly is cleared to play, he will return to the fourth line with Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner.
Joakim Nordstrom would move up to the third line with Charlie Coyle and David Backes. Kuraly has played in 63 games, averaging 13:45 minutes with six goals and 11 assists on 120 shots.
Danton Heinen remains in David Pastrnak’s spot on first line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Marchand. Pastrnak has been out three weeks recovering from thumb surgery.