A scary play during Monday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will keep defenseman Kevan Miller out of action for five weeks after he was hit in the throat with a puck.
Late in the first period, Miller blocked a John Tavares shot that then saw the puck roll up his stick and hit him in the throat. He would finish the shift before leaving the game and spend the night in a Toronto hospital where a CT scan showed a cartilage injury to his larynx. Doctors confirmed that upon his return to Boston when he was re-evaluated.
It’s another blow to a Bruins’ blue line already banged up. Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, and Urho Vaakanainen are currently out of the lineup. Miller had missed 13 games with a broken hand before Monday’s meeting with the Maple Leafs. Brandon Carlo, who has been out the last eight games with an upper-body injury, participated in Wednesday’s practice and could return Thursday vs. the New York Islanders.