Bruins: Torey Krug, Connor Clifton knocked out of Game 2 with injuries


BOSTON – The Bruins were already missing Kevan Miller and John Moore with injuries ahead of their first round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and now they might have lost a couple more D-man players to injuries.

Torey Krug was knocked out in the second period of Boston’s 4-1 Game 2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs after he absorbed a massive hit from Jake Muzzin along the side boards. The Leafs defenseman clobbered Krug right after he’d released the puck near the Bruins bench, and the impact of the body check knocked his helmet square off his head as he attempted to get back to the bench on his hands and knees.

Krug was done for the night at that point, and rookie D-man Connor Clifton was also knocked out of the Saturday win in the closing minutes of the third period. So the Bruins were stuck closing things out with four D-men in the Game 2 win.

The updates on Krug weren’t exactly information-filled following the game, but Bruce Cassidy steered clear about questions of whether or not it was concussion based on the violent nature of the impact.

“I don’t think you should assume he’s concussed. We don’t know that yet. [Connor] Clifton left late [in the game]. We have Steven Kampfer,” said Cassidy. “Obviously, [we will] draw him into the lineup if necessary. He’s done a good job for us. And if we’re down two guys, we have to look at Providence. Is Johnny Moore ready?

“It’s probably too early for me to tell you definitively who it would be from Providence, but Steven Kampfer is healthy and would be a guy we put in. And if we had to go further, Johnny Moore, if he’s ready to go obviously would be a guy we put in. But I’m not sure he’s ready. We’ve got two days to find out.”

It’s a shame with Krug that he’s once again banged up physically as he’s missed time in each of his previous two postseasons with injuries.

It remains to be seen if one, or both, of Krug and Clifton won’t be feeling healthy enough to play in Game 3 early next week, but either way it sounds like the Bruins are about to dig deeper into their organizational depth on defense just two games into their playoff run.

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