Kirill Kaprizov’s injury in Wild’s victory in Boston sparks concern, frustration, uncertainty – [Update News]

BOSTON — The hits keep on coming for a Minnesota Wild team that can’t catch a break.

Their schedule has been turned inside-out because of COVID-19, with seven games needing to be rescheduled, and players — critical ones — keep dropping one by one in a span of six excruciating games since winning their eighth consecutive game nearly a month ago.

The latest came Thursday night at TD Garden when star Kirill Kaprizov, the Wild’s leading scorer and the NHL’s seventh-leading scorer with 40 points in 32 games, suffered what looked like a serious upper-body injury in the second period.

Rookie Matt Boldy, a Massachusetts native making his NHL debut against his home-state Boston Bruins, scored the eventual winning goal during a gutsy 3-2 victory a little more than two minutes later, but after the game the concern over the severity of Kaprizov’s injury was palpable when coach Dean Evason teed off on the player who checked him — the Bruins’ Trent Frederic.

Since the first faceoff, the 23-year old had been following Kaprizov and made sure to finish his check on Kaprizov in the second period. Kaprizov turned awkwardly, and Frederic didn’t let up. Kaprizov fell hard onto the boards, and Frederic held his arm up high on the ice.

“Really frustrated with how Kirill got hurt,” Evason sounded off.