BOSTON — Bruins rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer suffered a broken nose, head coach Claude Julien said after today’s 3-2 Pittsburgh win at TD Garden.
Kampfer was hit by either Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis or teammate Zdeno Chara’s high stick 57 seconds into the second period. Either way, Dupuis was called for high sticking.
Kampfer was bleeding profusely as he left the ice. Julien said Kampfer went to the hospital to be examined. There’s no prognosis yet for how long the defenseman will be out or if he’ll even have to miss any time.
Against the Pens, Kampfer skated just six shifts for 5:54 of ice time before the injury.
In his absence, other Bruins blueliners picked up the slack. Johnny Boychuk logged a season-high 26:12 and Dennis Seidenberg’s 27:08 was the most time he has spent on the ice in a regulation game. Adam McQuaid skated 15:39, while Zdeno Chara was on for 29:06.
“I thought the guys handled it well,” said head coach Claude Julien. “Again, we were in the game right until the end and those guys did a good job of holding the fort and so I don’t think we have any reason to be disappointed in our back end the way they handled that situation.”