WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly was back practicing with the Bruins Wednesday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury suffered in last Friday’s shootout win over the Blue Jackets.

WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly was back practicing with the Bruins Wednesday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury suffered in last Friday’s shootout win over the Blue Jackets.

Kelly said the injury was not related to last season’s back issues and was also not a head injury. When asked specifically what it was, he said “hurt feelings.”

The veteran center also noted that the injury did not occur on a specific play. He hopes to return to the lineup Friday against the Jets.

“I think we thought it was better to be on the cautious side of things,” Kelly said. “I think it’€™s exactly kind of what we thought. So I felt good today and and we’€™ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Kelly took contact and centered a fourth line with a rotating cast of wingers in Seth Griffith, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser on Wednesday.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON –€” David Warsofsky and Zdeno Chara continued their respective recoveries Wednesday, skating prior to the Bruins’€™ practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Chara, who is working his way back from a torn PCL, is expected to be out another week-plus. Warsofsky suffered a groin injury earlier in the month and has not played since.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins recalled right wing Seth Griffith and returned forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Jordan Caron to Providence Tuesday.

The Bruins returned forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Jordan Caron to Providence Tuesday. The moves were posted on the AHL’s transaction page.

The Bruins recalled Khokhlachev last week and brought up Caron on Sunday. Khokhlachev played in Boston’s last three games and scored the shootout winner in Friday’s victory over the Blue Jackets, but he was given just 2:53 of ice time in Monday’s overtime loss to the Penguins. Caron played only 3:35 on Monday.

The moves leave some uncertainty on offense for the Bruins, but they don’t play again until Friday and have time to either determine the health of ailing players (David Krejci and Chris Kelly have both missed multiple consecutive games) or call players back up.

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DJ Bean

For Milan Lucic, it’s the small steps forward that are a sign that things are getting better.

When you’re struggling to score as a team and half of your weapons are either sitting up on the ninth floor watching the game or playing elsewhere, it’s understandable to see why Bruins head coach is frustrated.

But when you have the sense that you have to score twice for every goal that counts, that’s something altogether different. That’s what Julien felt after Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins, when goals in regulation by Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg were disallowed.

If either goal counts, the Bruins skate away with a regulation win and two points.

“Again, you gotta score two goals every night to get one, it’€™s tough to win hockey games,” Julien lamented afterward. “We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right ‘€˜til the end. Unfortunately, we didn’€™t get that second point that I thought we deserved.”

In the first period, it appeared Bergeron tapped a puck out of midair and put it behind Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the game, 1-1. Referee Kyle Rehman, closest to the play, called it a good goal but after review, he was overruled by the three other officials on the ice, who said the puck was above the crossbar when Bergeron tapped it into the goal.

“On that first goal, the closest referee calls it a goal. And then it’€™s no goal because the three furthest ones think it’€™s a high stick, so I guess that’€™s what’€™s frustrating in my mind. I don’€™t know what the league looked at. When I looked at the replay myself it looked more inconclusive. Now, they may contradict me and say they had a better angle from where they were, but that’€™s how it looked to me.

“I think that’€™s a little frustrating, especially the number of goals that we’€™ve had turned back on us this year. With what we’€™re going through, we’€™re working hard to score goals and yet you get those taken away. We had a couple of tough calls on us tonight too. It gets frustrating with the guys working so hard, feeling like you play well enough to win and you come out of here losing in overtime when you thought you scored enough goals to win.”

The official ruling from the NHL was as follows: At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick.” No goal Boston.

Then, just a minute after Evgeni Malkin tied the game, 2-2, in the second period, Carl Soderberg rushed the net and the puck went in just before the net came off its moorings. The problem wasn’t the net but the ruling that Soderberg shoved the puck in with his glove.

Again the NHL said no goal: At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net.” No goal Boston.

“Well, you know what? I don’€™t think it’€™s done on purpose, obviously,” Julien said. “I think considering where we’€™re at and what we have, the challenges that we have, that’€™s not my priority; although I’€™d like to see us score first. I think my priority is to see us compete every game and give ourselves a chance to win and I think that’€™s what we did tonight. We even had that lead, even though we didn’€™t score the first goal. But at the end they managed to get the overtime one.”

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Mike Petraglia

For Milan Lucic, it’s the small steps forward that are a sign that things are getting better.

On a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, the Bruins power forward charged the net and was rewarded with a pass from Eriksson that gave him a chance to put the puck into a vacated net for just his fourth goal of the season. Lucic had all the time in the world to think about how many missed chances he’s had to score this season. Instead, he put it in for arguably the easiest non-empty goal he’s ever scored.

“I saw that he saw me and I knew he’€™s capable of making the play,” Lucic said of Eriksson. “It was just a great play by Loui, heads up play to see me there all by myself in front of the net and for myself you saw it was a little bit of delayed I just wanted to make sure I put that one in the back of the net.”

Lucic scored just his fourth goal of the season in Boston’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins Monday night at TD Garden.

“I think, all in all, we played a pretty good game,” Lucic said. “We didn’€™t spend too much time in our own zone and we were able to create a bunch of scoring chances. I think what got a better is we were attacking with a lot more speed off the rush and we were strong on the pucks and driving to the front of the net and trying to create chances that way. For myself just on that goal, just driving the net, stopping in front, and a great play by Carl and Loui to get me the puck there for that first goal.”

He was also in front of the net when Eriksson put a puck on net with both Lucic and Soderberg charging the crease. The puck went in off Soderberg but the goal was disallowed when the referee ruled on replay that Soderberg shoved it in with his glove.

“I thought it was a good goal,” Lucic said. “I mean none of us made contact with the goalie. None of us ‘€“ there was no batting motion with the hands, but it’€™s one of those things you can’€™t control. We all thought it was a good goal and looking at it now it probably could’€™ve been the difference in the game. Again, referees have to go by their best judgments and it’€™s unfortunate that we didn’€™t get the call there.”

With just four goals and seven assists in 23 games, Lucic knows his production is not close to what the Bruins need going forward this season, especially on a team that is struggling with injuries and scoring depth.

“Well I think there’€™s pressure on all of us, especially when things aren’€™t going in you start to feel I guess that pressure a little bit, but I mean I think the main thing is you try not to think about it too much and focus on the little things and what you need to do to start producing,” Lucic said. “Like driving the net and stopping in front and that’€™s what got me my goal and we had us some other pretty good chances despite driving the net and going hard to the net. So, like I said if you focus on just doing the little things right that will turn into production.

“It sucks that we lost but from a personal standpoint we want to try and build off the type of game that you had to carry on to the next couple games.

“I think we got to do a little bit of a better job in getting that first goal. You look at records around the league when teams score the first goal there is a pretty good percentage that they end up winning the game. We’€™ve done a good job at battling back, but still it’€™s a lot easier to play with the lead and move forward and I think we got to put a little emphasis on that going into Friday [vs. Winnipeg].”

Lucic admitted he needs to start producing like a “Top-6″ forward on his team.

“It’€™s really important,” he said. “I think our compete level in the last couple games has been there and it’€™s where we want it to be. We just got to be more hungry and committed in the o-zone and try to score goals. For myself, obviously, the production isn’€™t there where you’€™d like it to be, but if you keep working at it and keep doing things like we did tonight, going to the net, stopping in front, trying to find loose pucks. You know a lot of the goals are scored right in front of the net so for myself, just try to gain some confidence from scoring a goal here tonight. We can’€™t let an overtime loss bring us down we got to keep our compete level up and keep on pushing.”

And with David Krejci out, Claude Julien is trying to give Lucic another big body to work with in Carl Soderberg.

“He does a really good job of using his big body to protect the puck,” Lucic said. “You’€™ve seen the player that he’€™s grown into, as far as confidence in all areas of the ice and especially producing offensively he’€™s become a dangerous threat as far as that goes. You saw tonight when we’€™re working off each other we can be an effective line so we got to take these next three days of practice and keep building that chemistry.”

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Mike Petraglia

David Pastrnak wasn’t about to complain about ice time or being mixed and matched with different lines. The 18-year-old was just happy to be making his NHL debut Monday night against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.

The Czech played 10 shifts for a total of seven minutes, 53 seconds, with three missed shots, a hit, a takeaway and a giveaway in Boston’s 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

The soft-spoken Czech reminded many of David Krejci afterward, speaking softly but admitting that he was indeed a little nervous getting the call up.

“A little bit for sure, but I said I just tried to play for the team and tried to do my best for the win and play my game,” Pastrnak said. “I think we played hard. We battled hard and tried to go to the net but it wasn’€™t enough. I tried to my best for the team and enjoy the time and enjoy the game.”

Coach Claude Julien mixed and matched Pastrnak on different lines Monday, taking advantage of the very fluid situation caused by the numerous injuries and limiting Brad Marchand, who was playing his first game back since coming off the injured reserve list.

“Well, we had to look at him, right?” Julien said of Pastrnak. “Plus, I thought he had good legs and so I put him on a couple lines here. And obviously you can see he’€™s a pretty dynamic player. He had that one shift with Bergy’€™s [Patrice Bergeron] line; March [Brad Marchand] and him had a real good shift there in the o-zone. I liked his game. I know he probably didn’€™t get a tone of ice time, but when he was out there I liked what he did.”

Pastrnak even got a chance to play on the second team power play in the first period.

“It doesn’€™t matter here, you know, everybody are good players. I just try to do my best,” Pastrnak said. “I mean, I am happy, I’€™ve been happy for every minute, every second I’€™m on the ice and I try to do my best.”

“It was alright, it was first game so I’€™m a little bit nervous but I’€™ll try to enjoy them and have the best time.”

Pastrnak, who had five goals and 13 assists in 17 games for Providence, has had a little time to adjust to the faster game in North America after growing up and playing in Europe.

“Yeah, for sure it’€™s different,” Pastrnak said. “It’€™s faster because it’€™s more ice. I think I like this kind of game. I’€™m getting used to it and I got use for it and I like this.

“It’€™s my dream. My dream, which came true and I just have to keep working hard and I want more games like this.”

Pastrnak’s first shift was not the first time he stepped on the ice. He jumped over the boards roughly two minutes into the game but was immediately called back. He eventually made his debut a minute later, moments after Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

“It was my first game so I didn’€™t put anything big’€”try to leave there my best,” Pastrnak said, understandably at a loss for words. “It was I don’€™t know I can’€™t describe it. Just try to play my game and enjoy the time on the ice.”

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Mike Petraglia

Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg are key to Boston's banged-up offense. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)The Bruins have prided themselves on offensive depth for the better part of the last five seasons. Right now, they’ll happily take having two good lines.