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Boston Bruins young scorers Kessel, Krejci face off-season surgeries

BOSTON – Bruins high scorers Phil Kessel and David Krejci face surgeries that could keep them from playing early next season.

The 21-year-old Kessel, who led Boston with 36 goals, will have surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder. The 23-year-old Krejci, second on the team with 73 points, will undergo hip surgery. General manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday their status for the start of the season is questionable.

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Both played in all 11 Bruins playoff games. Boston was eliminated Thursday night by Carolina in seven games.

Chiarelli said defenceman Andrew Ference also will have surgery. Ference has a torn groin, a bruised pelvis and a hernia.