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Only soreness for David Krejci after injury scare

Posted By DJ Bean On January 27, 2011 @ 1:06 am In General | No Comments

The Bruins aren’t exactly in a position to lose a skill center. Given Marc Savard [1]‘s latest concussion, the team can play the “been there, done that” card with regard to such a scenario.

That’s why when David Krejci [2] took a hit from Rostislav Olesz, crashed into the boards and remained down for a few minutes before leaving and making toward the tunnel in the first period, it was a clear-cut case of something the Bruins didn’t need.

“When he first went down, the last thing you want to see is [him] not come back,” coach Claude Julien [3] said after the game. “We’€™re already minus one pretty good centerman so you certainly don’€™t want to lose that second one.”

Yet Krejci, who appeared to be in shoulder pain while down on the ice, didn’t end up missing a shift for the B’s. He was back on the bench shortly after the play and knew he was good to go.

“It wasn’€™t my shoulder, it was like my whole arm getting tweaked going for position and it was a little uncomfortable for a few seconds, so I stayed on the ice,” Krejci said. “It got a little better so it’€™s sore but obviously nothing major.

“I waited on the ice a long time and when I was skating off it felt a little better.  I didn’€™t know if it was the shoulder or something. But when I was skating off the ice I knew the shoulder was fine so I was pretty sure I would come back.”

Krejci returned to make a huge play for the B’s, winning the faceoff that set up Milan Lucic’s second-period goal, the tally that proved to be the game-winner when all was said and done.

If any of the soreness lingers for Krejci, it couldn’t come at a better time. Teams now break for All-Star weekend, and the center and most of his teammates will have the next five days to rest up.

“There’€™s no doubt these next five days will be good for him and probably a lot of the other players too that are playing a little banged up,” Julien said. “It is, I guess, a break that we needed. We certainly didn’€™t need him going down and not getting him back.”


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