Rich Peverley will not accompany the Boston Bruins on the second leg of their six-game road trip.
Instead, he is returning to Boston to receive a medical evaluation after an injury sustained in last night’s game against Montreal, according to John Bishop.
Peverley was injured in the third period when Montreal’s Hal Gill delivered a hit to his knees that went uncalled, even though a referee was literally right there and watched it happen (and seemed to stumble over Gill in an attempt to get out of the way of play). Check out video of the incident, with a slow-motion version for better viewing, here. After that hit, he was absent from the bench for the rest of the period.
This means Josh Hennessy, called up from Providence for cases like these, will take Peverley’s place tomorrow night in Winnipeg. He told Bishop the circumstances are unfortunate, but he’ll make the best of it.
Peverley has missed games before, including two January tilts against the Florida teams that coincided with Brad Marchand’s five-game suspension. The Bruins won one of those two games, 3-2 in a shootout against the Florida Panthers, but lost the other, 5-3 to Tampa Bay.
It is not yet known when he will return.