Bruins' David Pastrnak undergoes thumb procedure after fall

By Sports Desk February 12, 2019

Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak underwent a procedure on his left thumb after he fell over when walking out of a sponsorship dinner, general manager Don Sweeney said on Tuesday.

Pastrnak underwent a procedure to repair a tendon and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, at which point the team hope to have a clearer timeframe for his return.

Sweeney was confident the 22-year-old will be back in action before the end of the season.

"After the game on Sunday, David and several of his team-mates attended a sponsorship dinner. At about 11:30 he reported to me … as some of his team-mates were walking to meet their transportation location he simply fell and injured his thumb," said Sweeney.

"He met with the medical staff yesterday and the doctor's called me and it was apparent he needed to have something done right away.

"He was extremely upset, disappointed. He obviously feels he let everybody down despite it being an accident. He was apologetic and it was heartfelt."

Pastrnak was the Bruins' only player in the NHL All-Star game last month. He became the third-quickest player in franchise history to 100 career goals and leads the Bruins in goals (31) and points (66) this season.

The Bruins (31-17-8) are third in the Atlantic Division with 70 points, one behind the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs and one ahead of the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens, who hold the first wild-card spot.

Related items

  • Flyers acquire Talbot from Oilers for Stolarz Flyers acquire Talbot from Oilers for Stolarz

    The Edmonton Oilers have officially moved on from Cam Talbot, trading the goaltender to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Anthony Stolarz.

    The Oilers signed Talbot to a three-year, $12.5million deal in 2016. He is in the final season of his deal, which carries a $4.166m cap hit.

    Talbot came into the season as the Oilers' starter, but due to struggles early he was replaced by Mikko Koskinen – who was given a contract extension. Talbot is 10-15-3 with an .893 save percentage this season.

    But the Flyers confirmed they had picked up Talbot, sending Stolarz in the other direction.

    While he has had his struggles this season, Talbot is two years removed from finishing fourth in the Vezina Trophy voting, which is for the best goaltender in the NHL.

    He will likely serve as the backup to rookie stud Carter Hart, who has amassed an 11-6-1 record with a .924 save percentage and 2.48 goals allowed average since joining the Flyers in December. He has led a charge which has seen Philadelphia get back into playoff contention after many thought they were out of it in December.

    Stolarz has had some success with Philadelphia this season too as he is 4-3-3 with a shutout and a .902 save percentage.

  • This Week in US Sports: Murray chooses football, Bruins sustain another injury This Week in US Sports: Murray chooses football, Bruins sustain another injury

    Kyler Murray was a first-round pick in the MLB Draft last year, but that apparently does not matter much.

    MLB did see some movement, but not in the way you would think, while Murray has decided he wants to play football.

    And the Boston Bruins sustained yet another key injury to their roster.

    That and more has been happening this week in US Sports.


    1. Kyler Murray chooses football

    MLB just lost a battle.

    The number nine overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft has decided to pursue a career in football as Murray tweeted out on Monday he was committing to life as an NFL quarterback.

    Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, was projected to be a top-100 prospect in baseball if he decided to play for the Oakland Athletics. Now, it looks like he will be a first-round pick in the NFL as well if all goes according to plan over the next few months.

    The A's are not giving up on Murray though as they are holding a spot for him on a minor league team. Murray though is favoured to be taken by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th overall pick. Daron Payne, who was the number 13 pick in 2018, signed a $14.4million deal with the Washington Redskins. Murray's signing bonus with the A's was $4.66m.

    2. Movement continues in MLB, but not in free agency

    Several players finally signed contracts with MLB teams this week, but not where you would expect.

    Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola, Minnesota Twins infielder Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler all signed four- to five-year extensions with their respective teams on Wednesday and Thursday.

    This means these players will not hit free agency until their age 29 to 31 seasons.

    As they signed contracts though, more than 100 free agents, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, remain unsigned.


    3. Bruins suffer another injury and this one is of the bizarre variety

    The Bruins have had a lot of injury problems this season as Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy and Zdeno Chara have all missed significant time.

    On Tuesday, Boston learned they will have to deal with another injured player as it was revealed David Pastrnak, the Bruins' leading goalscorer (31), is out for at least two weeks with a thumb injury.

    Pastrnak sustained the injury when he fell at a sponsorship dinner on Sunday.

    Boston sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, just three points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens, who hold the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. With only 25 games left this season, this injury came at a very bad time.

    4. Isaiah Thomas makes triumphant return in dramatic win

    Isaiah Thomas is finally back and looking really good for the Denver Nuggets.

    The two-time All-Star returned from surgery on Wednesday and scored eight points in a three-minute span in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings. He looked like his old self in that short stint.

    While Thomas was the feel-good story, the true drama came from Nikola Jokic who dropped yet another triple-double and scored the game-winning bucket on a tip-in with less than a second to play.

    Denver head into the All-Star break with a 39-18 record and the second playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    5. Eric Reid signs three-year deal with Panthers




  • This Week in US Sports: Trades, trades and more trades, no league left out This Week in US Sports: Trades, trades and more trades, no league left out

    The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and we are still recovering.

    MLB finally made a move and the NHL did not stay silent on the trade front either.

    This was a very eventful week in US Sports.


    1. Trade deadline features big surprises, expected stays

    The NBA trade deadline is always an adventure and Thursday's was no exception.

    All but seven teams made some kind of deal before the deadline and some really big names moved while others stayed put.

    Marc Gasol went to the Toronto Raptors, Nikola Mirotic found a new home via the Milwaukee Bucks and Markelle Fultz is on his way to the Orlando Magic. But it was Anthony Davis staying put which is truly the news of the day.

    Davis' agent Rich Paul told ESPN he would not re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans and preferred to be traded in January. New Orleans have yet to deal him though, so now the attention turns to the offseason when the Boston Celtics can and will get in on the discussion.


    2. The hot stove finally heats up

    A move has finally been made in MLB's offseason.

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins for Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro, a minor-league pitcher and international slot money.

    Miami have now traded their four best players from two seasons ago and are in complete rebuild mode.


    3. Predators acquire Brian Boyle, Cody McLeod

    With the NHL's announcement that Austin Watson would be suspended indefinitely, the Nashville Predators knew they needed some help with their depth so they went out and made a move.

    The Predators acquired forward Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils and Cody McLeod from the New York Rangers.

    Nashville are three points back of the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division and a matchup with a wild-card team come playoff time.

    This could be the move that puts them over the top, or at least one which could be the difference in winning the division.


    4. Kyler Murray invited to NFL combine

    The biggest question coming into this year's NFL Draft is what Kyler Murray is going to do.

    We got a small answer on Thursday as he was invited to the NFL combine which starts in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 26.

    This does not necessarily mean he will choose football over baseball, as he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft as well and must decide whether to report to spring training next week, but it does bring him one step closer to choosing the NFL.


    5. Zion Williamson takes on Virginia

    Zion Williamson is turning into the de facto number one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but before he gets there he has to finish out his college season with Duke.

    The second-ranked Blue Devils travel to Virginia to take on the third-ranked Cavaliers on Saturday.

    Duke won the first matchup of the two teams by four points, but did so in North Carolina. A matchup in Virginia is going to be a tough challenge.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.