During the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals game on Friday, March 5th Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo sustained an upper-body injury after being on the receiving end of a brutal Tom Wilson hit. (see the check below) On the ice, the referees did not call a single penalty but the NHL’s Department of Player Safety decided to have a meeting with Wilson via Zoom and they decided to hand Wilson a seven-game suspension. Despite there not being a penalty called on the ice the Bruins reaction was filled with anger toward Wilson and a passion to win the game for their teammate.
Read more about the Wilson seven game suspension here.
How is Carlo Recovering?
After receiving the dangerously high hit from Wilson, Carlo struggled to get to his feet but was able to skate off the ice with some help from the trainers. He did not return to the game as he was taken to the hospital. He spent the night in the hospital but was released the next day and has returned home.
Despite the positive news, Bruce Cassidy said in a zoom media session that Carlo is still considered to be out for a long time. Carlo’s presence on the ice will be dearly missed by Bruins players and fans. Hopefully, Carlo can make a full and healthy recovery.
How did the Bruins react to the Carlo Injury?
The Bruin’s reaction to their teammate suffering an injury was deliberate and immediate. During an interview between periods with NESN, Brad Marchand went on a rant filled that can be described as not safe for work.
Just ahead of the second period the Bruin’s anger toward Wilson continued as Patrice Bergeron skated over to the Capitals side of the ice to talk to Wilson. Wilson seemed to have a lot of respect for the Bruins captain as he did not react in an angry way. Instead, they seemingly had a calm conversion with Wilson understanding the message that Bergeron sent.
Despite the talk with Bergeron, Wilson still had to face the consequences that came with injuring Carlo. The first fight Wilson had was with Jarred Tinordi. Tinordi is the newest member of the Bruins after being claimed off of waivers from the Nashville Predators.
Read more about Tinordi being claimed right here.
The spirited battle ended with both participants ending up in the penalty box for five minutes. When Wilson and Tinordi were in the penalty box the Bruins went to work. They scored twice during the time Wilson and Tinordi were in the penalty box. Bergeron’s leadership qualities were once again an example as he went right over to Tinordi and gave him props with some stick taps on the glass.
The Bruins continued to go after Wilson for injuring Carlo. Trent Frederic decided to fight Wilson and try to avenge his injured teammate. In the end, the Bruins won the game five to one. The team rallied together and was able to defeat the Capitals and Wilson.
How will the Bruins Replace Carlo?
With Carlo considered to be out for a long time, Tinordi will most likely get a bigger role on the Bruins blueline. In Carlo’s absence, the Bruins head coach announced that Urho Vaakanainen will draw into the lineup. Tinordi will do well replacing the physical element that Carlo brought to the game. Vaakanainen has a different play style than Carlo. Standing at six feet one-inch Vankanainen does not bring the physical presence that Carlo and Tinordi have. Instead, he is more of a puck-moving defenseman that tries to get the puck up the ice and out of his defensive zone.
Final Thoughts on the Bruins reaction to the Carlo injury
The Bruin’s reaction to losing one of their best players and leaders was justified and showed what a tight-knit group they have. The reaction also exemplifies the winning culture that head coach Cassidy has built. The team banded together to win the game and avenge their injured teammate.
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