The much-improved Bruins offense has been led for much of the season by David Krejci, but Boston may have to do without the 29-year-old pivot after he left Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury.
Late in the second period, Krejci, who had scored earlier in the contest for the Bruins, collided with Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan. Krejci remained on the ice for mere seconds after the collision before heading off to the Boston dressing room. There was no immediate update, but Bruins coach Claude Julien’s comments regarding the injury didn’t sound promising.
“We’ve lost a lot of players, some key players, and we’re a team that’s got a lot of new faces, so we’re trying to battle through those situations,” Julien told BostonBruins.com’s Jess Isner. “But David Krejci is a big part of our team, and when you lose a guy like him — [defenseman] Torey Krug last night — and not to name the others I mentioned earlier [who] have been out for a while…We’ve just got to suck it up, and the guys have to step up and do the job. As simple as that.”
Krejci has paced the Bruins with 11 goals and 33 points, which is tied for the team lead with Patrice Bergeron. Tuesday, the Bruins announced Krejci will be week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
Without Krejci in the final frame, the Bruins managed to muster eight shots but nothing overly threatening against Senators netminder Craig Anderson. The end result was a 3-1 loss — the Bruins’ third-straight defeat — and Boston slipped to fourth in the Atlantic Division. Ryan Spooner slotted into Krejci’s spot in the lineup Sunday and remained centering the second line in practice Monday.
This is yet another in a long list of ailments that have sidelined Krejci. He hasn’t played a full season in the league since 2008-09, which was just his third year in the NHL. Last season alone Krejci missed 35 games, including stints on the sideline due to undisclosed upper- and lower-body injuries. He also 15 games on the shelf due to a knee injury in 2014-15.