Bruins lose Ward to questionable hit
The Bruins may have lost another key player to a concussion, the result of a cheap-shot hit to the head.
With 4:43 left in a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Canadiens last night, Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward was blindsided by an unprovoked elbow to the head delivered by Francis Bouillon. The Habs defenseman came out of the penalty box, skated in behind Ward and made the hit far away from the puck.
Ward fell to the ice, where he remained face down for a few minutes. A stretcher was brought on the ice, but Ward eventually stood up with the aid of teammates and was helped off to the locker room.
After a difficult season last year, Ward's had a terrific year for the Bruins so far, picking up difficult minutes and keeping the goals against down. Boston's been one of the league's real surprises and he's been a big part of that, and this is one of those situation where, with Patrice Bergeron and Ward both out, the team could really slip in the standings.
There's just not enough depth in Beantown to overcome two significant losses like this, which is tough to take for a franchise having a difficult time attracting at the gate.