Boston Bruins: Ryan Spooner Sidelined By Concussion

Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner suffered a concussion in the third period of Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.  He will be out indefinitely as the the Bruins medical staff puts Spooner through the appropriate concussion protocols.

Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner sustained a concussion during Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. He sustained the injury in the third period of the game. Spooner will be out indefinitely as the team’s medical staff undergo the prescribed concussion protocols.

The Bruins lost that game 4-2. They remain in third place in the Atlantic Division with 74 points. They try to grab two very important points against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

From the Boston Bruins website:

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 7, that forward Ryan Spooner has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely as the team follows the NHL’s concussion protocols. The injury occurred in the third period of the team’s game at Ottawa on Monday, March 6.

Spooner, 25, has skated in 65 games with the Bruins in 2016-17, recording 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points. In his five-year NHL career, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward has played in 201 games, compiling 32 goals and 80 assists for 112 points.”

Spooner was playing well as of late putting in two goals and earning three points in the last five games. He found his stride playing in one of Bruce Cassidy‘s forward lines. The ‘VHS’ line helped produced supplemental scoring and helped the Black and Gold go 8-3 since the interim head coach was promoted a month ago.

The Bruins have decided to call up Austin Czarnik to replace Spooner as the B’s third line center. It might have made more sense to plug in Matt Beleskey in this case. Czarnik is young and still tends to run hot and cold as a player.

If the Bruins go through the normal series of protocols, Spooner should be back in about a week. He’ll miss the home games against Detroit and the Philadelphia Flyers, but should be back on the ice with the team in time for taking on the Canucks in Vancouver next Tuesday.

Hopefully, it’s just a case of the team being thorough with Spooner’s health and he’ll be back quickly.