‘You poke the bear:’ Bruins announcer Jack Edwards’ take on Andrei Svechnikov’s injury draws criticism

Skilled second-year NHL pro Andrei Svechnikov had to leave Saturday's game when his leg buckled while he was tangling for position with Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of the net.

But Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards later had the take that the Carolina Hurricanes forward might have brought it on himself because of an earlier incident.

"What NBC hasn’t shown yet, regarding the unfortunate injury to Svechnikov: the Carolina wing playing hobby-horse, riding Chara on the back apron of the goal," Edwards tweeted. "You poke the bear, you take your chances. No one wanted to see Svechnikov hurt, but he bit off more than he could chew."

What NBC hasn’t shown yet, regarding the unfortunate injury to Svechnikov: the Carolina wing playing hobby-horse, riding Chara on the back apron of the goal. You poke the bear, you take your chances. No one wanted to see Svechnikov hurt, but he bit off more than he could chew.

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The Hurricanes' official Twitter feed was critical of Edwards' take, saying, "This one should have stayed in the drafts, Jack."

Svechnikov's leg bent awkwardly during the third-period incident and he grabbed his knee and had to be helped off the ice. He wasn't able to put any weight on his leg. The Hurricanes lost 3-1 to fall behind Boston 2-1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

"It didn’t look very good obviously," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "He fell really awkward."

Andrei Svechnikov is helped to the locker room after going down awkwardly here.#NHLonSNpic.twitter.com/0Uz95T2DSr

Brind'Amour said he had no update on Svechnikov's condition.

The second-year pro had 61 points in 68 games this season and is known for scoring a lacrosse-style goal and repeating the move in December. He has a team-high four goals in the postseason.

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