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David Krejci to have hip surgery, other Bruins reveal injuries 04.11.16 at 12:04 pm ET
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David Krejci said at Monday’s year-end media availability that he will have hip surgery to repair an issue that has plagued him for the last two seasons.

Krejci first suffered the injury in the final preseason game before the 2014-15 season and was in and out of the lineup over the course of the season. Though Krejci has dealt with other injuries over the past two seasons — a knee injury last season, a shoulder injury this season — correcting the hip is his priority as he begins the offseason.

“It’s been bothering me for 20 or so games,” Krejci said of the hip. “But we have a good medical staff here, and they got me through games, so I felt like I was still in decent shape to play games and help the team, and there’s been game where I’ve felt pretty good. So, I was able to finish the season [and was] ready to play playoff games.”

Added Krejci: “I’m looking at it kind of two ways. One is, yeah, it’s been a nagging injury from last year and missing that half a season. And then this year, I felt maybe the best I ever felt my first 50 games, and then I missed some games because of my shoulder injury, and after I came back, it was never the same. And the hip, the nagging injury kind of kept coming back, and it got to the point that we’ve been talking surgery for a while now.”

The surgery will be the same procedure Krejci had in 2009, when Dr. Brian Kelly repaired a hip impingement. Kelly will also be doing Krejci’s upcoming procedure, which Krejci said will happen “in the next week or two.”

Playing in 72 games this season, Krejci had 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points this season.

In other injury news, Brett Connolly revealed that it was a sprained MCL that kept him out of the Bruins’ last five games, while Dennis Seidenberg missed the final five games of the season due to a strained adductor. Neither Connolly nor Seidenberg will require surgery.

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Zdeno Chara: Bruins ‘got absolutely embarrassed’ by Kings 02.09.16 at 10:23 pm ET
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The Bruins allowed 57 shots on goal — the most they’ve given up in a game since 1965 — in an ugly 9-2 loss to the Kings Tuesday. After the game, the team hardly sounded like a group pushing for the second spot in the Atlantic Division and more like a fledgling team chasing the prowess it had in years past.

“We got absolutely embarrassed,” Zdeno Chara said. “They played a really good game, but we had nowhere near the game that we needed to play. It was embarrassing.”

The B’€™s allowed seven straight goals after taking a 1-0 lead in the first period. The loss dropped them to 1-7-0 against Western Conference playoff teams this season.

“There are things that obviously are going to stay inside this locker room, but we just need to be better,” Chara said. “We need to perform better. We’€™ve had a few stretches where we’€™ve played well, we won some tight games and some big games and we were facing some challenges or teams on top of the league and we didn’€™t follow up with the performances that we had previous games. That’€™s again tonight’€™s case. It was embarrassing.”

Said David Krejci: “The way we lost, especially the second and third period, it’€™s just unacceptable. You should go out there even if you’€™re losing 6-1 after the second period and show some pride, you know? Try to show fans that we respect them coming here. We don’€™t want to get booed in our own building. We didn’€™t respond. It was embarrassing.”

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David Krejci looks set to return 01.20.16 at 1:47 pm ET
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Based on Wednesday’€™s practice, the Bruins can probably expect the return of David Krejci in either Thursday’€™s game against the Canucks or Saturday’€™s meeting with the Blue Jackets.

Krejci was one of four forwards skating on Boston’€™s second line, joining Ryan Spooner, Loui Eriksson and Matt Beleskey. Perhaps most telling was the fact that he returned to his spot on Boston’€™s top power play unit on the point with Torey Krug.

The Bruins will need to make a roster move in order to activate Krejci from injured reserve, as the team is currently at the 23-man roster limit. One possible move would be to put Landon Ferraro, whom the team says is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, on injured reserve. Because Ferraro last played on Saturday, the team could put him on IR retroactive to Sunday and he would only have to miss the next two games before being eligible to return on Monday against the Flyers.

With Krejci back in practice, the forward lines looked as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Krejci/Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Pastrnak-Randell

Colin Miller skated on the point of Boston’€™s second power play unit, suggesting he could possibly return Thursday after being a healthy scratch in Boston’€™s last two games.

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David Krejci rejoins Bruins in practice, Adam McQuaid still not skating 01.18.16 at 10:43 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27.

Krejci was wearing a green jersey, which is often worn in practice by players who are either injured or not on a line. Also in green was David Pastrnak, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.

Both Krejci and Pastrnak will travel to Montreal for Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens.

With Krejci and Pastrnak on the ice, Boston’s practice lines on Monday looked like this:

Bergeron-Marchand-Connolly
Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro
Randell-Krejci-Pastrnak

Krejci said he has been skating since last week. He took limited contact in Monday’s practice and said that he has felt better with each passing day but is not yet comfortable enough to play.

“I need to feel 100 percent skating and 100 percent shooting,” Krejci said. “I’m getting there, but it was a good today.”

The Bruins have gone 4-4-1 without Krejci. Given that he was having the best regular season of his career (33 points in 35 games), they could certainly use him as they try to claim one of the top three spots in the crowded Atlantic Division.

“I’d like to play as soon as possible, but this kind of injury, at this point in time it’s kind of day-to-day,” Krejci said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow — hopefully better — but we’ll see how it feels tomorrow in warmups.”

In other injury news, Adam McQuaid has yet to take the ice as he remains out with an injury suffered on a Jan. 5 hit from Capitals forward Zach Sill.

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David Krejci goes from week-to-week to day-to-day 01.16.16 at 6:08 pm ET
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The Bruins have not been the same without David Krejci. Fortunately for the B’s, they don’t think they’ll be without him much longer.

Speaking prior to Saturday’€™s game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Krejci, who has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury, is getting close to returning to Boston’€™s lineup. Krejci last played on Dec. 27 but has been skating recently.

“[He] skated today, so he’€™s coming along,” Julien said. “That’€™s a good sign. That’€™s basically where he’€™s at. We’€™ll see; he’€™s now gone from week-to-week to probably more day-to-day. I wouldn’€™t say [the next game], but getting closer.”

The Bruins have gone 3-4-1 without Krejci, who has 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 35 games played this season. After Tuesday’€™s game against the Canadiens, for which Julien has already ruled Krejci out, the B’€™s have home games on Thursday and Saturday of the coming week.

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David Krejci week-to-week with upper-body injury 12.28.15 at 12:24 pm ET
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The best regular season of David Krejci‘s NHL career has been derailed by an upper-body injury that will keep him out for the foreseeable future.

Krejci, whose 11 goals and 33 points in 35 games had him on pace for a career-high in both categories, suffered his injury in the second period of Sunday’s loss to the Senators. Claude Julien would not specify the nature of Krejci’s injury — he wouldn’t elaborate past calling it an upper-body injury and terming the player “week-to-week” — but Krejci was seen wearing a sling on his right arm after Monday’s practice.

In other injury news, Torey Krug is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Krug left Saturday night’s game after the first period and did not play on Sunday. Krug skated prior to Monday’s practice, as did recovering forward Joonas Kemppainen. Julien said that Monday was either the first or second day back on the ice for Kemppainen, who has not played since Dec. 7 due to an upper-body injury.

With Krejci out, Ryan Spooner was elevated to Boston’s second line to skate with Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson in Monday’s practice. Landon Ferraro moved up to take Spooner’s third-line spot. Boston’s lines in practice were as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Ferraro-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell

The absence of both Krejci and Krug also led to changes on Boston’s power play units, as Krejci and Krug man the points on the team’s first unit. The Bruins power play units in Monday’s practice were as follows:

Chara-Colin Miller
Bergeron Spooner
Eriksson

Morrow-Trotman
Marchand Connolly
Beleskey

Without Krejci, the Bruins have just 12 healthy forwards. David Pastrnak is currently in Finland for the World Junior Championships, but Julien said he feels the Bruins might be better off letting the player regain his timing and confidence in the tournament rather than hurrying him back to the NHL.

 

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Bruins’ first home win ‘a pride thing’ 10.27.15 at 11:57 pm ET
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If they’d lost on Tuesday, the Bruins would have been in Original Six territory.

As in the 1951-52 Original Six Bruins, the last version of the B’s to start a season winless on home ice for more than four games; that season Milt Schmidt’s boys went 0-5-4 out of the gate en route to a fourth-place finish.

Instead of Original Six, the 2015-16 Bruins went Additional Six on Tuesday night with a 6-0 shutout of the Coyotes to snap their 0-3-1 homely open to the year.

“It was nice to finally get a home win and get that out of the way,” Bruins winger Loui Eriksson said with a satisfied sigh.

Instead of the Bronx cheers that were heard sprinkled in at TD Garden during losses to Winnipeg, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, Tuesday night’s win ended with a standing ovation of approval raining down from the local faithful who stayed to the final horn.

“We felt like we kind of owed them a little bit. We owed them the win,” David Krejci said on a night when he added two more goals to his growing personal collection of seven markers on the year. “Big for the standings and our fans as well. Obviously, you like to get the first one at home. We were close the last couple times, but it was big to get the first one finally. The way we played today, we got the fans on our side.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t want to go so far as saying the poor home start was weighing on his team, but he certainly acknowledged that home success is important. After all, just two years ago Boston’s 31-7-3 mark on home ice buoyed the team to a 117-point season and the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“I think the fact that we were playing better the last four games [overall] — we had the one overtime loss — I think our guys felt if they kept playing the way they could it was just a matter of time,” Julien said. “I think it’s more about a pride thing. Our home building has to be something that doesn’t bode well for teams coming in here. And right now we’ve made too many teams feel comfortable. That’s what we’re trying to change.”

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