Hampus Lindholm injury: Bruins coach says star d-man 'not doing well' after hit

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Cassidy: Hampus Lindholm 'not doing well' after taking huge hit in Game 2 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins lost their second-best defenseman to injury in Game 2 of their first-round playoff matchup versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm was on the receiving end of a massive hit from Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov in the second period.

Lindholm laid on the ice for a bit before being helped up. Taylor Hall and Jake DeBrusk assisted him on the skate back to the bench.

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The B's eventually ruled out Lindholm for the rest of the game with an upper body injury.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters after his team's 5-2 loss that Lindholm is "not doing well."

We won't pretend to be doctors, but it would be pretty surprising if Lindholm played in Game 3 at TD Garden on Friday night.

If Lindholm does miss more time in this series, the next guys up are Mike Reilly and Josh Brown.

Reilly is a more offensive-minded player who struggles against aggressive forechecking teams like the Hurricanes. Brown is a physical, defensive-minded defenseman who played in just six games for Boston after the team acquired him at the March 21 trade deadline.

Neither player brings the same two-way skill set to the ice that Lindholm does -- not even close -- but Cassidy doesn't have any other options.