Svechnikov injured in Hurricanes loss to Bruins in Game 3 of first round


Andrei Svechnikov was injured late in the third period of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday.

The Hurricanes forward got tangled with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara battling in the slot before his right knee appeared to buckle. He was helped off the ice by teammates and went to the locker room with 4:38 remaining.

There was no update following the game.

“I know he’s getting looked at right now,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “It didn’t look very good, obviously. Fell really awkward. Certainly, didn’t look good. We’ll have more, obviously, at some point.” 

As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information. 

Svechnikov had two shots on goal and five hits in 15:58 of ice time. He was the left wing on the second line with center Vincent Trocheck and right wing Martin Necas

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 in Toronto, the hub city for the East, on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, FS-CR, NESN).

When answering a question related to how the Hurricanes could rebound in Game 4, Brind’Amour said he had a difficult time finishing his thoughts after what happened to Svechnikov. 

“Right now, it’s tough because you see a kid go down, and that injury looks really bad,” Brind’Amour said. “That’s all that’s going through my head. I hate it for him. That’s it. I can’t even comment on anything else, to be honest with you.” 

Carolina forward Justin Williams said he did not see Svechnikov in the locker room after the game.

Svechnikov has seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games this postseason, including five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game sweep of the New York Rangers during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. After being held without a point in Game 1 of this series, he had a goal and an assist in Game 2, which Carolina won 3-2.

In 68 games during his second NHL season, Svechnikov was third on the Hurricanes with 61 points (24 goals, 37 assists), behind center Sebastian Aho (66 points) and forward Teuvo Teravainen (63).

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