BOSTON — Let’s cut right to the good news. Boston Bruins team physician Dr. Peter Asnis confirmed that after having a splenectomy at approximately 1 p.m. today, defenseman Matt Hunwick is resting comfortably in his room at Mass. General Hospital.
Asnis said the procedure went “very uneventfully.” As for the other major thing you’re worried about as you read this, Hunwick is out indefinitely based on his recovery time.
“He is out and his return date will be determined based on how he does,” said Asnis. “There’s no answer. It is possible, depending on his recovery, that he could be back. But that’s something to be determined.”
Here’s a quick time line of how things went down for the valuable Bruins backliner, according to Asnis. In retrospect, Hunwick probably suffered the injury on a check during the second period Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Montreal. After the game, however, Hunwick did not report anything unusual. He practiced Friday and after practice complained of abdominal and shoulder pain. He went to the hospital and after blood work and a CAT he was stable, so he was sent home under close observation. At that point he’d already been ruled out of Game 2.
Today, when Hunwick left Ristuccia Arena via ambulance, he again felt severe abdominal pain. Upon being reimaged, the decision was made to operate. The procedure was performed at Mass. General by Dr. David Berger.