Sturm's injury a blow to Bruins

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:11 PM ET

BOSTON — An old knee brace with a German flag decal hung in Marco Sturm’s stall Sunday morning.

Sadly, a new one will have to be ordered. The Boston Bruins winger is gone for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral in his right knee. He’ll have surgery in the next four to six weeks and faces six months recovery.

Sturm was pointless in his first six playoff games after getting 37 in regular season.

“It’s an unfortunate thing for our hockey club and certainly for him,” coach Claude Julien said. “He’d battled through a major (ACL/MCL) injury last year and was looking forward to these playoffs.”

Sturm was hurt on the first shift of Saturday’s 5-4 win over Philadelphia, when his right leg buckled after he hit Flyers’ Matt Carle. Among other mishaps, Boston already has done without Marc Savard for two months with a concussion and has two defencemen, Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Stuart, on long-term mend.

Rugged Shawn Thornton likely will come back on the fourth line for Game 2 on Monday after moving aside for Savard. But that puts more on the shoulders of forward Daniel Paille, Mr. Fix-It when it comes to repairing damaged lines.

“He’s done a great job of stepping in to areas where we’ve asked him,” Julien said. “He’s played with Patrice Bergeron as a centreman, with Savard, with Steve Begin and Vladimir Sobotka, with almost everyone, so he’s been versatile in adapting.

“Some lines are a lot more defensive-minded, some lines you have to create more offence. His skating skill and his forecheck certainly helps in either situation.”

Julien does expect Sobotka to play Game 2 after missing part of Saturday’s match with an upper-body injury.

“In the last few years, we’ve had multiple guys out for lengths of time,” Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference said. “That’s how guys who are starters now got that opportunity.”


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