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Bruins lines see tweaking in first practice following David Krejci concussion

11.08.10 at 10:36 am ET
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WILMINGTON — After taking the day off Sunday, the Bruins returned to work at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Monday for their first practice following Saturday’s injury to David Krejci. The top-line center suffered a concussion when he hit the boards following a hit from T.J. Oshie in overtime.

With Krejci out, the color-coded lines saw a bit of shuffling. Patrice Bergeron is now wearing a white sweater, signifying he’ll be on the top line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Blake Wheeler appears set to center the second line, while it looks like Daniel Paille might get some third-line ice time out of this deal. Here are how the lines look based on the practice jerseys.

Lucic – Bergeron – Horton

Caron – Wheeler – Recchi

Paille – Seguin – Ryder

Marchand – Campbell – Thornton

Brian McGrattan has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to Providence. The Bruins have indicated that they will not be recalling anybody for the time being.

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David Krejci out at least a week with concussion following T.J. Oshie hit

11.07.10 at 4:19 pm ET
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The Bruins announced on Sunday that David Krejci is out for at least a week with a mild concussion after his head collided with the far center boards on a check by St. Louis center T.J. Oshie with 4:15 left in overtime on Saturday night at TD Garden. He was on the ice for a minute before getting to his knees and then his feet. He was helped off the ice by Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference and then headed directly to the dressing room and did not return.

“Obviously, he got his bell rung there,” Claude Julien said following the game.

Krejci, who was knocked out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers last spring with a dislocated wrist, leads the team in assists (8) through 11 games and is tied for second with Milan Lucic in points (10), one behind Nathan Horton.

Oshie defended the hit, which was not penalized. “Just two guys going at the puck, Oshie said. “I tried to get low and get a good center of gravity. He was coming at me. From what it looked like, he was coming to hit me as well. It was a hard battle tonight, a physical game. I certainly hope that he’s ok and he’ll be back.”

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T.J. Oshie defends hit on David Krejci

11.06.10 at 11:43 pm ET
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The Bruins are awaiting further word on the health of top-line center David Krejci after his head collided with the far center boards on a check by St. Louis center T.J. Oshie with 4:15 left in overtime on Saturday night at TD Garden. He was on the ice for a minute before getting to his knees and then his feet. He was helped off the ice by Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference and then headed directly to the dressing room and did not return.

“Not yet,” Julien said when asked if he had any word on Krejci’s condition. “Obviously, he got his bell rung there We don’t know what the severity is yet. I didn’t see the replay. He’s here and he’s being evaluated.”

Krejci, who was knocked out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers last spring with a dislocated wrist, leads the team in assists (8) through 11 games and is tied for second with Milan Lucic in points (10), one behind Nathan Horton.

Oshie defended the hit, which was not penalized.

“Just two guys going at the puck, Oshie said. “I tried to get low and get a good center of gravity. He was coming at me. From what it looked like, he was coming to hit me as well. It was a had battle tonight, a physical game. I certainly hope that he’s ok and he’ll be back.”

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Bruins lose to Blues in shootout

11.06.10 at 9:57 pm ET
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Michael Ryder and Patrice Bergeron couldn’t score in the Bruins’ first shootout of the season, and the Blues walked away 2-1 winners on Saturday night.

It seemed as though Jaroslav Halak was set to surpass Tim Thomas for the league lead in shutouts throughout the night, but for the second straight night, a Bruins’ fourth liner threw a monkey wrench at the system.bGregory Campell took a pass from Michael Ryder at 13:00 of the third period to beat Halak and tie the game and give the Bruins new life. It was Campbell’s first goal as a member of the Bruins.

While no goals were scored in overtime, the Bruins suffered a potential big loss as David Krejci left early on with an injury (see below).

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– The Bruins got hosed a bit with the instigator call. Andrew Ference danced with David Backes in defense of Mark Recchi and got called, but when B.J. Crombeen went after Stuart following a hard hit on Jay McClement, nothing outside of the traditional fighting major was charged to Crombeen.

Nathan Horton played one of his best games in a Bruins uniform but was horribly snakebitten. Twice he had to watch from the bench as near-goals were reviewed, neither of which yielded the Bruins any good news on the scoreboard.

For Horton to beat Halak twice with nothing to show for it is certainly frustrated, but he seemed to play harder as the game went on and the bad news piled up. He seemed to get progressively physical but not to the point where he was taking himself out of the play or costing the Bruins (his roughing call at 8:39 of the third was matched by Erik Johnson). Quite a departure from his reputation as a guy who faded over the course of games in Florida.

– T.J. Oshie laid a perfectly legal but still scary hit on David Krejci along the boards in overtime, and the first-line center was down on the ice for a couple of minutes with trainer Don DelNegro before leaving the game. More on Krejci’s condition to come.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Campbell couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first goal as a member of the B’s, but it isn’t exactly surprising behavior from the fourth line. After all, Thornton did tie the game against the Capitals a night earlier.

– The penalty kill continues to be an impenetrable fortress. The B’s had to deal with four minor penalties throughout the game and sillenced the Blues’ power play throughout the night.

St. Louis entered the game 20th in the league in power play percentage, so while their unit may not be anything to write about, the consistency that continues to be displayed by the top penalty killing unit in the league has been a great sign on the young season.

– Horton had season-high and game-high eight shots on goal on Saturday. He said before the game that he knew he wasn’t shooting enough and intended to fire off more shots.

Horton entered the game sixth on the Bruins in shots on goal with just 19 through 10 games. Of his 148 career goals, 26 of them have been scored on his only shot of the game.

-Tyler Seguin scored the B’s lone shootout goal in beautiful fashion, deking Halak and beating him top shelf on the backhand. A scorer like Seguin was designed for shootouts, and it showed Saturday.
– Rask gave up some big rebounds early on, but he really found his rhythm. He had the save of of the game to keep it tied when he stopped David Backes late in the third low, laying out and getting a pad on Backes’ bid along the post.

Bruins trail Blues entering the third period

11.06.10 at 8:47 pm ET
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Nathan Horton experienced deja vu in the second period, and the Bruins remain down, 1-0, entering the third period.

Horton had his second goal of the game waved off when he appeared to beat Jaroslav Halak top shelf. Much like with his non-goal in the first, the puck did not cross the line, much the dismay of the Bruins’ bench.

Andrew Ference defended Mark Recchi but the Bruins got the worst of it. Ference squared off with David Backes, who who had himself gone after Recchi, and Ference got an instigating minor tacked onto his five for fighting. With Shawn Thornton serving the penalty, the Bruins stopped the Blues on the man advantage. The Blues are 0-for-4 on the power play through two periods.

Interestingly enough, the Bruins didn’t benefit when the shoe was on the other foot. Mark Stuart laid out Jay McClement in the neutral zone and was immediately invited to dance with B.J. Crombeen. Crombeen did not receive an instigator penalty for the play.

Through two periods the shots are 25-18 in favor of the Blues.

Bruins trail Blues, 1-0, after one period

11.06.10 at 7:47 pm ET
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The crowd cheered for what they thought was a Bruins goal, but by periods’ end it was only an ex-Bruin who had scored, and the B’s trail the Blues 1-0.

Vladimir Sobotka, traded to the Blues for David Warsofsky during the draft, picked up his first goal of the season late in the first period. Matt Hunwick was in a tough spot, trying to account for Sobotka and Alexander Steen. When poking the puck from Steen was just out of reach for Hunwick, Steen sent it to Sobotka, who had plenty of time to beat Rask.

Nathan Horton seemed to have his seventh of the year when he beat Halak low from the bottom of the circle at a tough angle, but the play was ruled no goal, The play was reviewed, with it being determined that the puck hit the post and never crossed the goal line.

The Bruins took a page out Friday’s book in the first period. After mustering just nine shots through the first two periods on Friday, the Bruins put only six shots on Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak. Rask stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced, and aside from a couple of juicy rebounds looked good.

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Tuukka Rask to start for Bruins vs. Blues

11.06.10 at 6:30 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said late Saturday afternoon that Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for the B’s when they take on the Blues. Rask took the loss on Friday night in relief of Tim Thomas. The 23-year-old played the third period and saw the B’s come back from a 3-0 deficit against the Capitals before John Carlson scored the game-winner for Washington.

In two starts this season, Rask has allowed seven goals and taken a pair of losses. He is 0-3-0 after falling to the Capitals on Friday.

Former Canadien Jaroslav Halak, who has put together an outstanding start to his first season in St. Louis (7-1-1, 1.53 goals against average, .940 save percentage) will be in net for the Blues. The Blues have an impressive 16 points to start the season, but have gone just 1-1-2 on the road.

Here are the anticipated lines for the B’s:

Lucic ‘€“ Krejci ‘€“ Horton
Caron ‘€“ Bergeron- Recchi
Wheeler -Seguin- Ryder
Marchand ‘€“ Campbell- Thornton

Chara ‘€“ Ference
Hunwick ‘€“ Seidenberg
Stuart ‘€“ McQuaid

Rask
Thomas

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