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David Krejci returns for Bruins, Rich Peverley a healthy scratch 03.21.13 at 7:42 pm ET
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David Krejci was back in the Bruins’ lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Senators, marking his return from a knee injury sustained when he was hit with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot Sunday.

With Krejci returning, Ryan Spooner was kept in the lineup, while Rich Peverley was made a surprise healthy scratch. Spooner replaced Peverley on the third line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.

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David Krejci a game-time decision vs. Senators 03.21.13 at 1:22 pm ET
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Following the Bruins’ morning skate Thursday in Ottawa, Claude Julien said that center David Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Senators.

“We’ll see how he feels after warmups,” Julien told reporters. “If he feels good, then he’s going to go.”

Krejci missed Tuesday’s loss to the Jets after getting hit in the knee with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot in Sunday’s loss to the Penguins. Ryan Spooner filled in for him, centering the top line on Tuesday.

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Adam McQuaid out three-to-four weeks with shoulder strain 03.20.13 at 4:52 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to miss three to four weeks with a left shoulder strain suffered in the first period of Tuesday’s loss to the Jets.

McQuaid suffered the injury on his second shift of the game when he was shoved into the corner by Jets forward Eric Tangradi. He left the game and did not return. Chiarelli issued the following statement Wednesday:

“Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff. It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks.”

Through 25 games for the B’s this season, McQuaid has one goal and and three assists for four points and a plus-4 rating. He is tied with Shawn Thornton for the team lead with five fighting majors.

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Bruins blow another third-period lead in loss to Jets 03.19.13 at 10:31 pm ET
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The third period hurt the Bruins once again Tuesday, as they saw the Jets erase their 1-0 lead and hand them a 3-1 regulation loss in Winnipeg.

The loss highlighted a troubling pattern for the B’s, as they have led in the third period in five of their six regulation losses this season, blowing third-period leads to the Sabres (twice), Canadiens, Penguins and now Jets.

Brad Marchand scored eight seconds into the second period to get Boston on the board, and that lead held up until former Bruin Blake Wheeler redirected a Zach Bogosian shot past Tuukka Rask on a Jets power play with 8:16 remaining in regulation. Less than a minute later, Evander Kane scored on a rebound to give the Jets the lead and a big win for a Jets team that overtook first place in the Southeast Division with the victory. Wheeler added an empty-netter with 6.8 seconds left to give him 14 goals on the season.

The loss stung more than usual for the Bruins, who were already without Chris Kelly (broken tibia) and David Krejci (knee) and lost Adam McQuaid early in the first period to an upper-body injury.

The Bruins will continue their Canadian road trip when they face the Senators Thursday night in Ottawa and the Maple Leafs Saturday in Toronto.


– The Bruins lost Adam McQuaid for the game after a hit he took from Jets forward Eric Tangradi in the corner on McQuaid’s shift. McQuaid appeared to hurt his shoulder on the play, and the B’s announced after the first period that McQuaid would miss the rest of the contest with an upper-body injury.

With McQuaid out, his usual partner in Andrew Ference was paired with Johnny Boychuk, while Dennis Seidenberg saw time with both Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton. Chara led the B’s with 20 shifts and 18:52 of ice time through the first two periods.

– The Bruins had two power plays in the first period (both penalties drawn by Johnny Boychuk) and mustered a grand total of zero shots on the man advantage. Though they got a pair of shots on goal on their first of two third-period power plays — including a Pavelec robbing Zdeno Chara in front — the B’s finished 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

– Wheeler’s power-play goal halted Boston’s consecutive penalties killed streak at 27. The Bruins held the Jets without a shot on the power play that followed a Hamilton interference penalty, but Wheeler came through with the key goal with Jordan Caron in box for hooking Bryan Little in the third period.


– Marchand’s goal was his first in the last eight games. The Bruins’ leading goal-scorer wasn’t exactly slumping over his gaal-less stretch, as he had five assists in his seven games without a goal.

Claude Julien said that he was going to start Ryan Spooner on the top line and then adjust over the course of the game if need be, but he didn’t have to do the latter on Tuesday. Spooner handled the responsibility thrown at him well, holding his own centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton and getting power play time. He made a nice backhanded pass to Lucic on Boston’s third-period power play to set up a Lucic bid that was denied by Ondrej Pavelec. Spooner also created a turnover behind the net following the Jets’ goal that allowed Lucic to set up Horton in front.

– Rask came up big with the Jets piling on the pressure in the third period, stopping Eric Tangradi and then turning in a huge save on the follow-up bid by Chris Thorburn.

Tuesday marked Spooner’s second career NHL game. He played 5:29 last month against the Canadiens and 15:29 Tuesday.

Ryan Spooner to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton vs. Jets 03.19.13 at 2:09 pm ET
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Ryan Spooner has only played one career NHL game, but it appears his second one will carry a ton of responsibility.

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday that Spooner, who was called up Monday on an emergency basis from Providence, will start on Boston’s top line Tuesday against the Jets, centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in place of the injured David Krejci. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe noted during Tuesday’s morning skate that Spooner was also working with the Bruins’ top power play unit with Lucic, Horton, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin.

Spooner played 5:29 in his NHL debut last month against the Canadiens.

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Bruins recall Ryan Spooner on emergency basis 03.18.13 at 5:15 pm ET
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The Bruins called up Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis Monday, shortly after it was learned that David Krejci is day-to-day with a right knee injury. Spooner will join the team in Winnipeg and will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Jets.

Spooner was up with the B’s once last month, playing 5:29 in his NHL debut on Feb. 6 against the Canadiens. In 50 games this season, he has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points.

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David Krejci ‘day-to-day’ after missing Monday’s practice 03.18.13 at 2:24 pm ET
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David Krejci was one of nine Bruins to not take the ice for Monday’s practice in Winnipeg, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Krejci left Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins late in the third period after getting hit in the right knee with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot. He stayed on the ice as he was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro and put no pressure on his right leg as he was helped off.

Following the practice, Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters that Krejci is “day-to-day,” and he did not indicate whether or not the first-line center would be able to play Tuesday against the Jets. Julien added that the B’s could potentially call a player up from Providence if Krejci isn’t ready to go.

Krejci’s entire line did not skate Monday, as Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton also sat out. The group of players not practicing Monday consisted of Krejci, Lucic, Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Boychuk.

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