By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — The Bruins are not in action this week, after their season was paused amid a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. But the team nevertheless suffered a setback in the interim.

Defenseman Jakub Zboril, who had seized a role on the Bruins’ blue line from  late October to early December, underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL last week. The injury will end his season.

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Zboril suffered the injury in a game in Nashville on Dec. 2. The 24-year-old played 10 games for Boston this season, tallying three assists and posting a plus-1 rating while averaging just under 17 minutes per game (prior to the injury-shortened game in Nashville).

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The 13th overall pick in 2015, Zboril has played in 54 NHL games in his career.

The Bruins also placed defenseman Brandon Carlo in COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Carlo has played in 24 games this year, scoring two goals with three assists and a plus-1 rating in 19:13 of ice time per night.

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The NHL season is currently on pause, due to a rising number of cases across the league. Games are scheduled to resume around the league on Dec. 27, with the Bruins scheduled to host the Penguins on that night.

CBSBoston.com Staff