The Bruins' first two periods of Game 2 against the Hurricanes were a disaster.
The Bruins lost their second-best defenseman, Hampus Lindholm, late in the second period after taking a massive hit from Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov.
Early in the third period, the Bruins announced Lindholm's absence due to an upper body injury.
Svechnikov got away with it. The Canes got a power play when Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo was called for roughing.
Ludvig Lindholm is a fantastic two-way player who excels at 5-on-5 and special teams.
His absence would be a major blow to the Bruins' blue line.
Mike Reilly and Josh Brown are the best options to replace Lindholm if he can't play Friday night at TD Garden.