Nick Foligno’s rough first season with the Bruins takes another wrong turn

Nick Foligno buckled. Most players would have after taking a right as hard as the one Sam Carrick landed during their second-period fight on Monday.

Linesmen Mark Shewchyk and Mitch Hunt jumped in to bust up the fight. As they did, Foligno got to his skates with the intention of extending the hostility. Shewchyk and Hunt discouraged that from happening.

Foligno served the entire five-minute major in the penalty box. But the No. 4 left wing went to the dressing room upon exiting. He did not return. Coach Bruce Cassidy did not know whether Foligno’s upper-body injury occurred during the fight. Foligno played just 6:08 in the Bruins’ 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

It was Foligno’s latest unfortunate occurrence in a season filled with more downturns than he expected. 

The ex-Columbus captain was injured in the second regular-season game. He was sidelined for the next eight. 

He did not score his first goal until Jan. 1.

He is averaging 1.26 points per 60 minutes of five-on-five play, according to Natural Stat Trick, the lowest of any team forward.

His left leg folded awkwardly on Jan. 8, which knocked him out for the next five games.

“Obviously, this year hasn’t been fun for me just in the breaks of the season,” Foligno said last Friday, the day after logging 15:02 of ice time against Washington. “Getting going, injury. Then COVID comes along, break.


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