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Bruins’ David Pastrnak, Trent Frederic out vs. Red Wings

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Mar 24, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) reacts after scoring a goal for a hat trick during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic have been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the host Detroit Red Wings.

Pastrnak sustained an undisclosed injury after being muscled to the ice by defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov in the third period of Boston’s 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Pastrnak retreated to the locker room and did not return.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy suggested Pastrnak’s injury may stem from a lingering issue.

“He had an injury there against Winnipeg (on March 18), a goalie exchange with (Linus) Ullmark, that flared up one day. So I don’t know if this is the exact same thing or not. I just found out,” Cassidy said.

“So it might be that he hasn’t completely healed, so if that ends up being the case, if that’s the message we get, then he’s going to need whatever amount of time to get it right. So I don’t think it’s long-term, we’ll put him as day to day, but who knows?”

Pastrnak, 25, boasts a team-leading 38 goals in 69 games this season. His 71 points are tied with Brad Marchand for top honors on the club.

Pastrnak has 498 points (238 goals, 260 assists) in 507 career games since being selected by Boston with the 25th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Frederic, 24, is nursing an upper-body injury.

He has career-best totals in goals (five), assists (10) and points (15) this season.

–Field Level Media