After the Bruins' ugly, penalty-filled 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes, B's coach Claude Julien, who was given a game misconduct in the third period, said he did not know why he was tossed. 

"I wish I knew," Julien said. "I really wish I knew. I guess when they announced the misconduct to Lucic, I just shook my head. I guess that was merit for being kicked out. That's all I can come up with."

The Bruins put up an early candidate for their worst loss of the season Tuesday as they lost an ugly one to the Hurricanes, 4-1, and saw their season record drop to 2-4-0. 

As the game wore on, the Bruins became increasingly frustrated, leading to, among other things, a game misconduct for coach Claude Julien in the final minutes. 

The Hurricanes received goals from Anthony Stewart, Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, with Rich Peverley scoring the Bruins' lone goal. Stewart has scored both of his goals this season again the Bruins. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be a game-time decision against the Hurricanes Tuesday night. McQuaid left last Wednesday's contest against the Hurricanes with a neck injury after crashing into the boards and sat out Saturday's game against the Blackhawks. He returned to practice Monday and participated in Tuesday's morning skate.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center David Krejci was absent for Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, but he did take the ice prior to the skate in a sign that he is progressing as he works to recover from a core injury. Krejci has missed the team's last two games after being injured in practice last Tuesday and is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes. 

"David skated this morning," coach Claude Julien said. "He's coming around. Probably doubtful for tomorrow, but after that I would really qualify him as day-to-day." 

The Bruins were minutes away from their first 0-3-0 stretch since February on Saturday before they got renewed hope – both for the game in Chicago and the early part of their schedule – in one play. 

Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin came up big for the Bruins Saturday in Chicago as they defeated the Blackhawks, 3-2, in a shootout.

The Bruins never led in the game, but they broke their two-game losing streak with the help of Seguin, who's been big for them all season, and Nathan Horton, who had taken a while to get going on the young season.

Seguin scored the Bruins' lone shootout goal on Corey Crawford, with Thomas stopping Janathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Raleigh Thursday that center David Krejci, who suffered a core injury in Tuesday's practice, will not travel with the team to Chicago for Saturday's game against the Blackhawks and will miss his second game of the season. 

Perhaps because of what they saw with their baseball team this year, Boston sports fans can tend to have a hard time dealing with one of their beloved teams getting off to a slow start.

The Bruins saw their record fall to 1-3-0 on the season Wednesday night when they fell to the Hurricanes, 3-2, at RBC center. 

Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand scored for the B's, while Carolina got tallies from Joni Pitkanen, Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty.

The Bruins received good news on the status of David Krejci, as coach Claude Julien said Wednesday in Carolina that the center did not suffer a knee injury, but rather a core injury. Krejci will not play Wednesday but is considered day-to-day. 

"He's day to day and it's an injury in the core area. We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that's been speculated," Julien said. "… We'll see how he does and whether he joins us in Chicago or not."