BOSTON – Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer suffered a broken nose only 57 seconds into the second period Saturday at TD Garden and he did not return against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The rookie blueliner wears a half shield but he was hit in the face by a stick and he fell to the ice with a good amount of blood coming from his nose.
“He went to the hospital and he’s got a broken nose,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “We’re just making sure they were checking up on everything, and right now, that’s what we’ve found out.”
On the replay, it appeared it was teammate Zdeno Chara’s stick that caught Kampfer.
“I think it might have been my stick that got him,” Chara said. “I’m not 100 percent sure, but obviously it was a battle and then my stick got high and hit Stevey. It was an unfortunate play.”
The Penguins’ Pascal Dupuis received a four-minute double-minor penalty for high sticking on the play, but the Bruins could not capitalize and only registered three shots.
Kampfer, 22, was recalled from Providence on Dec. 8 and has played 18 games for the Bruins, registering 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points.
“He’s been playing really well,” Chara said. “He’s been solid for us. The way he’s been playing, it’s a big impact. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”