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Update 05/05/2010: For those looking for the latest on the May 5th Game 3 injury to David Krejci, please check our latest game post.
Did you ever stop and wonder why the Bruins had so much trouble in their second round series with the Hurricanes? It could be because the team had a piling list of injuries they did not disclose to the public. According to GM Peter Chiarelli, two top young forwards David Krejci and Phil Kessel will undergo off-season surgery and are questionable to be ready by the beginning of next season.
“There’s a variety of injuries we had throughout the course of the playoffs,” said Chiarelli. “Every team has injuries. But we seemed to have a few more than other teams. I have to hand it to the players for playing through those injuries.”
Krejci (NHL-best +37 this season) will have hip surgery next month, while Kessel will have shoulder surgery this week to repair a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff. Krejci and Kessel are just two of a number of Bruins injured during the playoffs.
Defenseman Andrew Ference will undergo groin surgery in the off-season (OUCH). He tore his groin April 4, and re-injured it during the Canes series. Chuck Kobasew confirmed he played against the Hurricanes with two broken ribs, and suffered the injury during Game 1 against the Canes on a cross-check.
Other Bruins who played through injuries included Mark Recchi (kidney stone), Marc Savard (knee), Milan Lucic (toe), and Zdeno Chara (shoulder, knee, and groin). Chara will not require surgery on any of his injuries. Savard noted that his knee problem probably would have kept him out for two weeks during the regular season.