Last night the Boston Bruins issued an update explaining that the x-rays on Matt Grzelcyk’s arm were negative, and that his status for Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was still unclear. They’ve made their decision now, as the team announced that Grzelcyk is on his way back to Boston for further testing. He won’t play in tomorrow’s matchup. Grzelcyk was injured when his arm was pinned against the boards by Patric Hornqvist, immediately resulting in his exit from the game.
The Bruins finally had their 19-game point streak snapped by the Penguins last night, a run that saw them go 15-0-4 since the end of January. Amazingly the team had not made up much ground on the Tampa Bay Lightning during that time, and are still just four points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs despite having played one more game. Grzelcyk, though not the very most important player on the team, is still a key part of their defense and has stepped up when others faced injury earlier in the year.
While it is good news that the 25-year old didn’t suffer a fracture on the play, ligament damage could be just as frustrating for a team looking to make a splash in the playoffs. They’ll have to wait to see what the further testing reveals, and whether Grzelcyk will be out of the lineup for any length of time. In the meantime, Steven Kampfer is expected to be inserted back into the lineup in his place.