Bourdon Injured in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Lost in all of the pageantry of an epic Game 1 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins was the fact that one of the Flyers was injured during the process.
Rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon was injured sometime near the end of the second period and left the team’s bench.
He would not return to the game.
During the second intermission it was reported by several sources that the 22-year old had suffered an ‘upper-body injury’ and that he was going to be listed as day-to-day.
He ended up playing 15 shifts for a total of 11:14 of ice time, all of which was at even strength. He registered two hits and blocked three shots.
It is still unclear as to how or when Bourdon suffered the injury, but considering how physical the game was it’s understandable that it occurred.
This injury is not the first that he has suffered during his time with the Flyers.
Earlier this week, Bourdon told Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News that he suffered a concussion earlier this season (probably in February) but decided not to tell the Flyers in fear that he may lose his roster spot.
After the addition of Nicklas Grossmann and Pavel Kubina, Bourdon was no longer needed at the NHL level and returned to the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms and was able to properly rest up.
Once Kimmo Timonen sat out a game due to injury back in March, Bourdon was able to rejoin the Flyers and effectively earned a spot in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Quarterfinals in place of Kubina.
Now it appears as though Kubina potentially could regain that roster spot due to the injury to Bourdon.
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