Lung contusion possibly positive news for Marcus Johansson, Bruins

Matt Kalman
March 06, 2019 - 7:49 pm

It’s becoming an annual rite: the Bruins’ top NHL trade deadline acquisition gets injured shortly after being dealt to Boston.

Marcus Johansson, who joined the Bruins in a trade with New Jersey on Feb. 25, was rocked by a Micheal Ferland hit and left the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win against Carolina in the first period Tuesday. Johansson didn’t return to the game, and Wednesday the Bruins revealed that Johansson sustained a lung contusion and will be re-evaluated in one week.

The 28-year-old Swede was playing his fourth game with the Bruins. Last season Rick Nash came over from the New York Rangers and made it through 11 games before he missed the rest of the regular season with a concussion.

For Johansson, who has a history with concussions (partly caused by Bruins teammate Brad Marchand), the diagnosis of a lung injury is painful but also relieving. At least Johansson seems to have escaped a head injury, not to mention injuries to his ribs or shoulder that could've ended his season.

With Johansson out, rookie Peter Cehlarik moved up to the right wing with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk against the Hurricanes and again at practice on Wednesday.

Sean Kuraly’s probable return from a concussion will help mitigate some of the effects of Johansson’s absence, but really Cehlarik must take advantage of this opportunity for his and the Bruins' sake. Benched for the third period of a 1-0 win against New Jersey on Saturday, Cehlarik played better against Carolina. The 23-year-old is a restricted free agent after this season, so this is his chance to prove he can be a NHL regular and maybe earn a raise in pay.

The Bruins host the Florida Panthers on Thursday at TD Garden.

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