BOSTON - The 2019 Stanley Cup Finals came to an end a week ago, and while the city of St. Louis continues to celebrate the Blues' victory, the Bruins and their fans are still working through tending to their wounds, both emotionally and literally.
At the start of the season, the Bruins were riddled with injury, which played a major role in the team's inability to initially find their footing. Eventually, the team returned to full strength and tore through the NHL, but the season was cyclical and the Bruins ended it with almost as many injuries as they began with. The only difference was that it was the playoffs, and players refused to sideline themselves.
Captain Zdeno Chara had one of the more notable injuries on the team. During Game 4 of the finals, Chara suffered a broken jaw, which many expected it to keep him out for the rest of the season. But he was not deterred and he finished out the post-season. The jaw will now take him about six weeks to recover from.
Kevan Miller also reported that he broke his kneecap during the series against the Carolina Hurricanes. His recovery time, however, is expected to cut into the beginning of the 2019-20 season. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both suffered groin ailments, but these injuries were definitely less serious than Miller's.
The laundry list of injuries continues with John Moore (broken arm), David Pastrnak (thumb ailment), Noel Acciari (broken breastbone), and Jake DeBrusk (concussion).
While perhaps not the reason the Bruins lost Game 7, it is a testament to how tough hockey players are and how they always try to play through any injury. This can definitely be detrimental and I wish players would put their personal safety above any sort of trophy, but there's no denying that the Bruins were willing to do whatever it took for the Stanley Cup.