BOSTON — While his teammates took to the ice against the Islanders on Thursday night, Joe Colborne took a view minutes to talk with media members on hand at the Bruins’ second rookie game, a contest he would have played in were it not for him getting cut up pretty badly in Wednesday’s game.
Colborne sported stitches both in and on his nose and the area around his mouth looked pretty swollen as he spoke, but he indicated that he did not have a broken nose, which what was initially assumed by the Bruins following the first rookie game. He had a CT scan performed and underwent a test to gauge whether he may have suffered a concussion, but said that nothing worrisome came from any of the tests.
It was a little over halfway through the third period when Colborne caught either a Justin DiBenedetto elbow or a Bruins stick to the nose in a well-crowded play, leaving a pool of blood by the Islanders’ blue line and an additional winding trail as he woozily skated off the ice.
Though he admitted to feeling a bit out of it following the play, the prognosis certainly wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it could have been, especially considering how heavily Colborne was bleeding following the play. Fans held their breath as Colborne eventually left the ice, the trickling blood unrelenting, and when he watched it himself, he could see why.
“I just saw the hit for the first time,” Colborne said. “After seeing that and how I got up, having no damage or anything, I feel pretty fortunate.”
“It’s hockey, it’s a rough game, and it will happen,” he added. “I wish wish I was out there right now, but hopefully I’ll meet up with that guy sooner or later.”
Colborne said that both of his parents were in attendance for the game. He didn’t want his mother to worry too much after seeing that play, and given that Colborne recently had a friend lose his legs in a car accident, the injury was put in perspective for the entire family.
“She wasn’t too happy, obviously, but it’s not the first time I’ve been cut,” Colborne said. “Worse things could have happened, I told her. It could have been a knee or a shoulder, or something like that.”
Though the stitches and swelling won’t win him a beauty contest, Colborne and the Bruins are right to appreciate that no damage was done either to cartilage or neurologically. The Bruins’ first-round choice in the 2008 draft, Colborne said he will wear a cage when he does return to the ice, which he figures will be Saturday.
With Colborne sitting out for the 2-1 overtime victory, he missed an opportunity to play under Providence coach Rob Murray for an eighth time. In addition to Wednesday’s contest, Colborne played six games for the AHL club. If he has anything to say about it, he will keep that number at seven by earning a big league spot. Either way, all parties involved are lucky that Colborne will be healthy enough to try to prove himself from the getgo.