Boston forward Chris Wagner discussed the heart issue that forced him to miss the Bruins' season-ending Game 5 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Talking to reporters Friday on Zoom, the 29-year-old Wagner said an irregular heartbeat caused him to leave the NHL bubble in Toronto after Game 4 on Saturday.
"I kind of noticed it during the second period, Game 4, my heart rate was kind of pounding," he said. "I'm usually pretty good about recovering on the bench, so I kind of knew something was up. Played through the second with the racing heartbeat, then started getting some tests done in between the second and third.
"We ended up figuring out, long story short, that I went into A-fib (atrial fibrillation) and I have like an irregular heartbeat, which I've never had before. So then I had to go to the hospital, and once you go to the hospital, you leave the bubble, so you have to quarantine for four days. So I was in quarantine for Game 5."
Wagner said he will undergo further testing next week, but does not expect this to be a long-term issue.
Wagner tallied 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 67 regular-season games and added three points (two goals, one assist) in 12 playoff games this season.
Since entering the league with Anaheim in 2014-15, he has 58 points (35 goals, 23 assists) and 171 penalty minutes in 317 games with the Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders and Bruins.
--Field Level Media