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Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk banged up again, does not play in overtime of Bruins’ win over Flyers

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was run over by Flyers forward Scott Laughton in the second period.
Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was run over by Flyers forward Scott Laughton in the second period.Elise Amendola/Associated Press

Hobbled by a smack from Flyers forward Scott Laughton into the end boards near the 14:30 mark of the second period, Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk did not see any ice time during the 3-on-3 overtime in the Bruins’ 5-4 victory over the Flyers in their home opener Thursday night.

“He was playing through some discomfort,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We did not want to expose him … he wasn’t going to be able to cover the ice he would need to in overtime. He’s had a couple of tough nights now — a tough fall on Long Island and going into the boards here. Hopefully, there’s no long-term damage … and it doesn’t sound like it.”

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Grzelcyk was forced to exit Monday’s game on Long Island with 5:43 gone in the third period after wrenching his left shoulder in an awkward fall in the neutral zone.


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