David Krejci will miss 4-6 weeks with a partially torn MCL in his left knee, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday. Krejci suffered the injury in Friday night’s loss to the Blues.

David Krejci will miss 4-6 weeks with a partially torn MCL in his left knee, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday. Krejci suffered the injury in Friday night’s loss to the Blues.

Krejci, who also missed time earlier this season, has 26 points (7 goals, 19 assists) in 38 games, good for the second-best points per game pace on the team behind only Patrice Bergeron.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

The Bruins finished a horrid five-game road trip with their only victory of the stretch, but at least it was a blowout.

Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner

The Bruins finished a horrid five-game road trip with their only victory of the stretch, but at least it was a blowout.

Playing in their first game since David Krejci suffered an undisclosed injury Friday, the Bruins scored half a dozen goals — the fourth of which chased Corey Crawford — as they earned a 6-2 victory over the Blackhawks (box). The win gave the Bruins just four points of a possible 10 in the five-game trip (1-2-2). It also snapped a six-game losing streak (0-4-2).

Boston got goals from Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith. Bergeron’s first period goal put him in a tie with linemate Brad Marchand for the team lead.

The victory keeps the Bruins (28-21-9) three points ahead of the Panthers (26-20-12) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Here are four more things we learned Sunday:

BRUINS (FORCED TO) SHOW FAITH IN SPOONER

Claude Julien gave Ryan Spooner a lot of responsibility and displayed a lot of patience with the center in Spooner’s first NHL game since October.

Julien skated Spooner with Krejci’s usual linemates in Milan Lucic and David Pastrnak and put him in Krejci’s place on Boston’s first power play unit. Spooner had a brutal turnover on a first-period power play when he entered the zone, pulled up and sent a pass intended for Torey Krug into the neutral zone that Versteeg took for a breakaway that Rask stopped. Spooner responded by facilitating a Loui Eriksson goal moments later and added an assist on Milan Lucic‘s second period goal for his first assist of the season.

BRUINS SURVIVE BERGERON INJURY SCARE

It’s bad enough that the Bruins don’t know the status of Krejci. When Patrice Bergeron took a shot off the foot in the third period and spent the next few minutes off the ice, there was reason to fear even a four-goal win would still hurt the Bruins.

Those concerns would prove to be overstated, as Bergeron returned to the ice late in the third and played three more shifts before the end of the game.

Bergeron’s first-period goal was the 200th of his career. He added a pair of assists in a three-point performance.

RASK WEARS DOWN, MELTS DOWN

Sunday marked the 17th consecutive game played for Tuukka Rask, and he hardly looked like a tired goalie as he turned in brilliant play early on, highlighted by a save on Patrick Kane in which he lunged across the net and stacked the pads following a rebound.

Yet in the first period’€™s final minutes, Rask took a penalty for playing the puck outside the trapezoid ‘€” a major mental error ‘€” and threw a fit after allowing a Jonathan Toews goal on the ensuing Blackhawks power play. Rask slammed his stick against the post, perhaps getting a piece of Kris Versteeg, who went down to draw a penalty.

Rask still turned in a strong performance on the day, stopping 25 of 27 shots.

FOURTH LINE SCORES

The Bruins scratched Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham for the second straight game, instead icing a fourth line of Gregory Campbell between Jordan Caron and Brian Ferlin. The line scored in the second period when Ferlin won a puck battle and fed Campbell in the high slot, with Campbell firing a shot past Caron’€™s net-front presence and past Corey Crawford. The goal, which marked Ferlin’€™s first career NHL point, chased Crawford.

Remember, when the Bruins and Blackhawks met in December, the Hawks won thanks to their fourth line dominating for a pair of goals. The Bruins are now in the high teens for fourth-line combinations tried, but Caron-Campbell-Ferlin did the unthinkable by producing.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Ryan Lambert calls the guys to talk about the Bruins playoff chances, Chiarelli's future and if the B's are sellers or buyers as the trade deadline approaches.

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During hour 2 of the 3rd edition of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe talk with Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy and get his thoughts on the Bruins potential to make the playoffs and if they should make a trade for this season. The guys take more calls and get reaction from frustrated B's fans. They talk about the future of Claude and Chiarelli.

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[0:27:54] ... they're not you roster. And do what ever what's necessary to keep Jarome Iginla. Who is the a hit an eight. But often grueling. So I you know what I find a sense of as well ...






The Sunday Skate dudes are back at it again on another stormy Sunday morning. In hour 1, the guys discuss the overall performance of Peter Chiarelli and his future. What moves are available for the B's, especially with the salary cap issues they have. DJ and Joe debate whether the Bruins should buyers or sellers. Are there any "untouchable" players as we approach the deadline? They also talk about Rask and Subban, who struggled in his NHL debut in St. Louis Friday night. The boys get opinions from callers on all of these issues as well.

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[0:06:12] ... real always upsides and you know it's all down locks you out Mark Stuart Goldberg both are real pieces on their roster yet the second round pick for Chris Kelly. Which. When. Not what people out who Chris Kelly was the time. Sector optic for this guy and that ought to be great treat them a third line that it gets ...
[0:07:16] ... any any further. What compare double right now we mentioned Blake Wheeler Mark Stuart those of the two big games I've seen it's done. Who's compatible right now to those those such a player right on ...
[0:07:50] ... picker their top line crutch he's been hurt in our lineup obviously. Patrice Bergeron it's been fine rally Smith has been in a ghost that points. But they've got this great third line that. If you ...






Have the Bruins’ recent injuries done them in? Are Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien‘s jobs in danger? Discuss all things Bruins with Pete Blackburn, DJ Bean and Joe McDonald during the Sunday Skate live chat. To listen to the show, click here.

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Blog Author: 
WEEI

Both Malcolm Subban and David Krejci left Friday’€™s game in the second period. Subban’€™s night was disappointing. Krejci’€™s could end up being the final nail in the coffin for the 2014-15 Bruins.

Both Malcolm Subban and David Krejci left Friday’€™s game in the second period. Subban’€™s night was disappointing. Krejci’€™s could end up being the final nail in the coffin for the 2014-15 Bruins.

Krejci left the ice and needed help down the tunnel after colliding with Alexander Steen at the blue line in the second period. He did not return to the game. His injury appeared to be of the lower-body variety.

The injury came amidst a three-goal stretch for St. Louis to open the period and chase Subban, who was making his NHL debut, from the game. Subban was brought back into the game in the final minutes of the third period with the Blues holding a 5-1 lead, which would stand as the game’€™s final score (box).

Should Krejci’€™s injury cost him significant time, this season is toast for the Bruins. If it costs him any time, Boston’€™s chances of piecing things together and holding down a playoff spot (they have just a one-point lead over the Panthers for the last Wild Card spot; Florida has a game in hand) still take a big hit.

In losing Friday’€™s game, the Bruins have lost the first four games of their current road trip. They have lost six straight games (0-2-4).

Here are four more things we learned Friday.

SUBBAN’€™S GLOVE DOESN’€™T CUT IT

Subban faced only three shots in the first period. He let the next three in.

Whether as a result of rookie jitters, the fact that he was a 21-year-old goalie playing in an NHL game or anything else, Subban struggled mightily with his glove. Petteri Lindbohm’€™s slapshot in the first minute of the second period went off Subban’€™s glove and in, while Alex Pietrangelo’€™s shot from the left circle snuck under the netminder’€™s glove. T.J. Oshie beat Subban glove-side high from a tough angle less than a minute after Pietrangelo’€™s goal, giving the Blue three goals on three shots in 4:21.

Subban was not happy as he left the game, slamming his stick down as he reached the bench.

NO REST FOR RASK

Tuukka Rask didn’€™t look much happier as he got ready to take the ice following St. Louis’€™ third goal. Rask tossed a chair down the tunnel, looking more dejected than angry as he did so.

With Friday’€™s game, Rask has now played in 16 straight games and 25 of the Bruins’€™ last 26. He allowed a pair of goals, the first of which was on a St. Louis power play and the second of which came on a 2-on-1.

This is not good for the Bruins. It would be one thing if the Bruins had to ride Rask to victories while they worked things out solidified their postseason position. Yet by playing Rask and playing as poorly in front of him as they have, they’€™re both wearing down their No. 1 goalie and making the possibility of missing the playoffs very realistic.

FIRST PERIOD NOT ENOUGH

The Bruins played a strong first period, which despite their struggles this season shouldn’€™t have come as a huge surprise given that they’€™ve played well against the Blues in recent seasons.

Part of that was probably the fact that Subban was in net. When a team knows that it doesn’€™t have a sure thing like Rask behind them, it naturally tends to tighten up and limit chances. That was the case when they held St. Louis without a shot until 12:14 into the period. The B’s took a 1-0 lead into the intermission thanks to a Brad Marchand goal, but things unraveled quickly.

CHARA BACK TO POINT

The Bruins only got one power play in Wednesday’€™s loss and they scored on it. A new-look first unit played about a minute and a half and scored, so the second unit was not revealed.

That finally happened Friday, and the changes included Zdeno Chara moving back to the point after playing in front of the net since the beginning of last season. Chara and Reilly Smith manned the points on the second unit, with Milan Lucic, David Pastrnak and Carl Soderberg up front.

The first unit remained Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Patrice Bergeron, Krejci and Loui Eriksson.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean