Loui Eriksson Injury: Updates on Bruins Star's Status
Boston Bruins winger Loui Eriksson spent the night in a Buffalo hospital after being injured on a controversial hit by Sabres defenseman John Scott in the Bruins' 5-2 victory late last month, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced.
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DJ Bean of WEEI.com confirms Loui Eriksson is back skating on the ice and provides an updated timetable for his return:
Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for Monday’s practice, with Eriksson participating fully and taking contact for the first time since suffering a concussion last month against the Sabres.
After practice, Eriksson said that he hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday against his former team.
“The head is getting better and I’m feeling pretty good right now,” he said. “We’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do, but I’m feeling much better than when I got hit.”
UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 1
From the Bruins' official Twitter feed:
Loui Eriksson (out indefinitely, concussion) took the exertion test and has started working out. "still a day to day process" ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 1, 2013
From Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com:
Sounds like Loui Eriksson still making some progress w/hope concussion symptoms don't recur. Wouldn't be on ice until next wk at earliest— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 1, 2013
Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com provides a statement from coach Claude Julien:
While he's not expected back in the lineup for at least another week, coach Claude Julien said it was a good sign to see Eriksson at practice.
"He's doing better," Julien said. "The one good news is he showed up this morning, came by and that's usually good news when a guy can leave his home and come to the rink. We're taking it day by day with him. I think right now, you're not going to see him for the next week, and I don't think he'll skate in the next week. We can put it at that stage for now."
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, Bruins coach Claude Julien provided an update on Eriksson's status:
“Loui is doing okay, I guess, for a guy that suffered a concussion,” said Julien. “It’s the same thing, you have a good day and you have less of a good day. It’s early on, but like always you keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get better sooner rather than later for his sake.”
The Boston Bruins provide this quote from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who speaks about Eriksson's status:
"Loui traveled back to Boston from Buffalo by plane today (October 24) with a member of the Bruins medical staff. After an examination by team doctors in Boston, he has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team will provide a further update on Loui's status when appropriate."
The NHL has suspended John Scott indefinitely after his hit on Loui Erikson last night:
Scott has been given the opportunity to attend an in-person hearing, which has not yet been scheduled. The hearing is offered when a suspension has the potential to exceed five games.
Scott was issued a match penalty for charging and ejected for his hit on Eriksson early in the third period of Boston's 5-2 win Wednesday. Eriksson was skating through the neutral zone and had just dumped the puck into the Sabres zone when Scott skated in from the player's right and struck him with a shoulder to the face.
From Darren Dreger of TSN:
Loui Eriksson update: dealing with concussion-like symptoms (headache), but is expected to return to Boston today.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 24, 2013
From the Sabres' official Twitter feed:
"It was unfortunate what happened." -John Scott, who says he feels bad about it and hopes Eriksson is OK— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 24, 2013
From Howard Simon of WGR550 in Buffalo:
Ott said John Scott asked him for phone number for Loui Erikkson since the two played together in dallas— howard (@hsimon62) October 24, 2013
Ott called the Scott hit last night and Kaleta hit on Jack Johnson "hard hockey"— howard (@hsimon62) October 24, 2013
Loui Eriksson was injured at the 5:49 mark in the third period. Coming across the ice to pass the puck into the Buffalo zone, Scott blindsided Eriksson with an elbow to the head. The Bruins winger was obviously dazed on the ice, needing multiple teammates to take him to safety on the Boston bench.
Adam McQuaid then charged toward Scott and the two began fighting near the glass on Buffalo's side. Scott was assessed a game misconduct, a five-minute major for fighting and another penalty for fighting McQuaid.
TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that Scott will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's disciplinary committee for his illegal hit, which means the league is considering at least a six-game suspension:
BUF's John Scott has an in-person hearing with NHL for hit to the head on BOS's Loui Eriksson though date and time has yet to be set.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 24, 2013
Director of player safety Brendan Shanahan has taken an increasingly hard-line stance against illegal checks—especially ones to the head. Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was suspended 10 games earlier this season for a head-check to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, though he is appealing the ruling. Multiple other players have also been suspended this year for illegal hits, with most penalties ranging between five and 10 games.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien, obviously upset, had some harsh words for Scott after the game.
"He did his job," Julien said, via John Vogl of the Buffalo News. "He's there to do two things: to fight and to hurt. He did both of those things."
The 28-year-old Swede is in his first season with Boston, having been the centerpiece of the team's return for Tyler Seguin. Playing with the second line, he scored two goals and had one assist in the first season's first eight games. The Bruins are off to a 6-2 start, as they attempt to repeat their Eastern Conference Championship.
An extended absence for Eriksson will likely mean an increased role for Reilly Smith. The 22-year-old forward has been playing alongside Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron on the second line, but now the impetus on him to continue his hot streak will increase.
There will likely be a better prognosis on Eriksson once he's transported back to Boston on Thursday.
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