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Chris Kelly out 4-6 weeks with broken right fibula 12.08.13 at 11:33 am ET
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Chris Kelly will miss four to six weeks with a broken right fibula suffered in Saturday’s game against the Penguins, the Bruins announced Sunday. Kelly was injured on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis in the second period and has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

The Bruins also announced that they’ve placed Adam McQuaid (lower-body) on injured reserve and have called up forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser from Providence on an emergency basis.

The Bruins are now without Kelly, Loui Eriksson (concussion) and Shawn Thornton (awaiting suspension) and are missing both Johnny Boychuk (back) and McQuaid on defense.

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Loui Eriksson has concussion from Brooks Orpik hit, Chris Kelly also out for Bruins 12.07.13 at 10:38 pm ET
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The Bruins will be without three forwards for at least Sunday’s game against the Maple Leafs, as Loui Eriksson has a concussion, Shawn Thornton will not travel as he awaits his suspension and Chris Kelly is out with a lower-body injury.

Eriksson suffered his second concussion of the season in the first period Saturday on a hit from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton was later given a match penalty for attacking Orpik on the ice on a play after the whistle in which he threw Orpik to the ice and knocked him out with two punches to the head.

Kelly suffered a lower-body injury on a slash in the third period. Orpik, as you could probably guess, has a concussion.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” Claude Julien said. “As you know, Shawn’s got a hearing with [Brendan] Shanahan now, so he won’t travel with us to Toronto tomorrow and I don’t know what’s going to happen from there. At the same time, Loui’s not traveling with us either. He’s got a concussion, and the other guy we just found out at the end of the game, Kelly has suffered an injury from a slash and he won’t be traveling with us either.”

Julien was clearly upset with the actions of both teams, including Orpik’s hit on Eriksson.

“Those are unfortunate incidents when you see guys getting injured,” Julien said. “That’s called Eriksson. It’s also called Orpik.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma thought rather differently.

“Well I think the hit by Orpik is a good hockey hit. Eriksson touches the puck, the puck’€™s coming around the wall there, it does take a strange bounce, he does touch the puck, and it’€™s a good hit,” Bylsma said. “Clearly they took exception to it. They put people on the ice to take exception to it, and the events that ensued, you saw Thornton.”

In addition to inserting Jordan Caron into the lineup, the Bruins will have to recall two players from Providence. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported Saturday night that those players are Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser.

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Chris Kelly: ‘I should be fine’ 11.22.13 at 6:37 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly said that the injury with which he is dealing shouldn’t limit him any further. Claude Julien had said the injury was preventing him from taking all of his faceoffs, which is why Carl Soderberg took eight draws Thursday.

Soderberg won six of his eight faceoffs, while Kelly only won three of 10.

“I should be fine,” Kelly said Friday. “Maybe I’ll get Carl to take some more. He did well last night in the circle. That’s a luxury to have, is guys on one line that can take draws. We’ll see how it goes.”

Soderberg is a former center who has made the move to wing in the NHL, so he’s experienced enough to take faceoffs. In the past, both Rich Peverley and Kelly took faceoffs for the Bruins’ third line.

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Chris Kelly dealing with minor injury 11.21.13 at 11:37 pm ET
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After Carl Soderberg took eight faceoffs in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues, B’s coach Claude Julien revealed that Soderberg’s faceoff duties are increasing due to a minor injury to Chris Kelly.

“Kells isn’€™t 100 percent to take faceoffs,” Julein said. “Nothing major, but he’€™s been ‘€“ the last couple of games have been a bit of a struggle, so Carl’€™s gone out there in those kind of situations, but in our own end I kept putting another guy out there for that reason.”

Soderberg is playing wing for the Bruins after being a center throughout his career in Sweden, so having to take draws is nothing new to him.

“He’€™s very capable of taking face-offs; he’€™s played center for a long time,” Julien said of Soderberg. “He’€™s always part of that group that works on face-offs on game day so we’€™re going to keep him going in that area so that if the first centerman gets kicked out, we know we’€™ve got another one there.”

Soderberg won six of eight faceoffs Thursday, while Kelly won just three of his 10 draws.

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Jesse Winchester suspended three games for hit on Chris Kelly 11.08.13 at 8:21 pm ET
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Florida’s Jesse Winchester has been suspended three games for his hit on Chris Kelly Thursday, the NHL announced Friday night.

The hit occurred in the first period of Thursday’s game. Winchester went into the corner to throw a hit on Kelly, and wound up leaving his feet and catching Kelly with an elbow directly to the head.

Kelly missed a shift, but wound up playing the rest of the game.

Winchester had never been suspended prior to this.

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Bruins’ preseason third line finally takes shape 11.05.13 at 1:02 pm ET
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While it’s probably the 50th thing of the list of interesting things about Tuesday night’s Bruins-Stars game, the Bruins will use the third line they were expecting to have when the season began.

In the last week of training camp, the Bruins began using a line of Chris Kelly between Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith in anticipation of using the trio as their third line when the season began. However, an ankle injury to Soderberg forced him to miss the start of the season, and though Soderberg has played the last seven games, different circumstances have kept the trio from playing together.

The B’s opened the season with a third line of Kelly between Jordan Caron and Smith, with Smith being promoted to the second line for the third period of the fourth game of the season and stayed their the last nine games.

The recent recall of Ryan Spooner also gave the third line a different look, and through 13 games, the Bruins have used five different third lines: Kelly between Caron and Smith, Kelly between Brad Marchand and Caron, Kelly between Soderberg and Marchand, Kelly between Soderberg and Caron and Spooner between Kelly and Soderberg.

Now, with Loui Eriksson set to return from his concussion and Marchand remaining on the second line, the B’s will finally use what they had initially believed to be their third line.

“You’€™re trying to get some stability with your lines — a little bit of it anyways,” Claude Julien said. “That’€™s not always easy ‘€“ you need guys to play well in their positions and their spots. So that line was good for us I thought in the preseason and it gave us some hope that our third line would be a little bit more productive than it had been the year before. So we’€™ll see where that takes us and reuniting those three guys.”

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David Krejci to wear Andrew Ference’s ‘A’ for Bruins 10.01.13 at 3:45 pm ET
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David Krejci will share the Bruins’ second ‘A’ with Chris Kelly this season, Claude Julien told reporters at the team’s practice in Vermont Tuesday.

Krejci gets the share of the distinction after Andrew Ference split it with Chris Kelly for the last two seasons. Ference was not brought back by the Bruins in the offseason, and he has since been named captain of the Oilers.

Originally taken by the B’s in the second round of the 2004 draft, Krejci has been the team’s first-line center for three seasons and has twice led the entire postseason in scoring. He did so in 2011 with 23 points and last postseason with 26 points.

In 424 career regular-season games, Krejci has 91 goals and 218 assists for 309 points. He is entering the second season of a three-year, $5.25 million contract.

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