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Bruins’ Gustavsson removed from game versus Ducks with elevated heart rate

The Boston Bruins have provided an update on why goalie Jonas Gustavsson left Tuesday’s game due to illness and was taken to hospital.

From the Bruins:

“Jonas Gustavsson was removed from Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons due to an elevated heart rate. He was taken to Mass General Hospital and remained there overnight for testing. All preliminary tests came back negative and he was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Jonas is expected to rejoin the team after the NHL All-Star Break pending clearance from the Bruins medical staff.”

The 31-year-old Gustavsson initially started the game versus the Anaheim Ducks, but was taken out of the game following the first period.

This isn’t the first time Gustavsson has been taken out of a game due to an elevated heart rate.

From Postmedia News in February, 2011:

Gustavsson’s heart problems first surfaced during training camp last year, when he experienced dizziness while riding a stationary bike. He underwent a procedure for a heart ablation, but then experienced similar problems during a game in December.

Since then, he has been symptom-free.

The Bruins signed Gustavsson last October to a one-year contract. He has appeared in 163 NHL games since coming into the league with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10.

Illness prompted Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson to go to hospital

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BOSTON (AP) Boston goalie Jonas Gustavsson left the Bruins’ game against the Anaheim Ducks and was taken to a hospital with an undisclosed illness Tuesday night.

Gustavsson started but was replaced by regular starter Tuukka Rask when the second period opened. The Bruins announced late in the second period that Gustavsson was ill and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.

Gustavsson made 14 saves and left with the Bruins trailing 2-1.

Mighty once again? Ducks blast Bruins 6-2

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Yes, it looks like we’re getting the Anaheim Ducks team many expected to run wild over the NHL in 2015-16. Or … at least something close to it.

The Ducks flexed their muscles against the Boston Bruins (who may not have been at the top of their games), generating a 6-2 win.

This wasn’t a one-night thing, either.

Since beating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Jan. 13, the Ducks have won six of seven games, including three straight. Their only loss came in a narrow 3-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings.

You could arguably trace better times back to Dec. 27, but the point remains the same: we might be witnessing Anaheim getting its groove back.

Of course, for all that, it’s sobering to also note that the Ducks would be out of the playoffs if the NHL postseason began today.

Other West bubble teams are probably hearing those footsteps (waddling as they may be).

Calvert and Foligno expected back in Blue Jackets lineup versus Bruins

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John Tortorella will not be behind the bench for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. But it appears Matt Calvert and captain Nick Foligno will return to the lineup versus the Boston Bruins, according to the team’s website.

Calvert, who has six goals and seven points in 39 games this season, hasn’t played since Dec. 29 after he was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Foligno has been out since Jan. 8 after he took a high hit from Carolina’s Brad Malone, which the Blue Jackets leader was still taking umbrage with weeks after it occurred, calling it a “joke of a hit.”

Meanwhile, associate coach Craig Hartsburg will take over for Torts behind the bench. Tortorella suffered two broken ribs after being involved in a collision with Rene Bourque during Friday’s practice.

“He’s hurtin’,” Hartsburg told the Columbus Dispatch of Tortorella.

“I talked to him briefly. He didn’t get much sleep. He basically said he can’t move. It’s a tough thing for him, and obviously for us. His health is the most important thing.”

Torts suffers two broken ribs in a collision, not expected to coach versus Bruins

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John Tortorella isn’t expected to be behind the bench for the Columbus Blue Jackets when they face the Boston Bruins on Saturday, after suffering two broken ribs in a collision with Rene Bourque during an outdoor practice Friday, the club announced on its website.

According to the Blue Jackets, Tortorella didn’t travel with the team to Boston.

From Aaron Portzline of the the Columbus Dispatch:

He was skating with speed up the left wing during a drill and clipped Tortorella, who was standing along the boards with his head turned. Tortorella twisted in the air and landed on his backside, remaining on the ice for several minutes as medical staff attended to him.

“You never like seeing anyone in pain and that was so unfortunate,” said Nick Foligno, as per the Blue Jackets website.

“I felt so bad for John and for (Bourque). The one thing about Torts is he’s tough – he’s a lot tougher than all of us. When you see him down like that, you know he’s pretty hurt. It was scary.”

This means associate coach Craig Hartsburg will assume the coaching duties, with Torts expected to be out.

As written earlier, this kind of sums up the season in Columbus.