The Boston Bruins are suddenly one of the most bruised, battered and suspended teams in the NHL. The B’s scrapped together an impressive 5-2 showing against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night despite the lack of bodies, but it appears that defenseman Dougie Hamilton will join Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Shawn Thornton on the sidelines now.
Hamilton left the contest against Toronto early in the first period and did not return.
Second period underway and Dougie Hamilton is out of the game and will not return.
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) December 9, 2013
Head coach Claude Julien spoke to Caryn Switaj of the official site of the Bruins and had this to say concerning the injury:
He’s going to fly back home tomorrow and he’ll be evaluated by our doctors; lower-body injury… We’ll see what the outcome is there but, right now, it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be playing with us probably this coming week. It doesn’t look good as far as – the diagnosis on him was he’s probably done for at least a week.
Boston may have to look to the minors to find healthy bodies on the blue line for now. There’s no official timeline for Hamilton yet, but the Bruins play their next three contests on the road and won’t return to Boston until December 17.