OTTAWA – David Krejci joined the official Boston Bruins walking wounded tour when he was scratched from Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night with an upper body injury that’s nagged him a bit late in the season.
The playmaking center got through morning skate at the Canadian Tire Centre without much trouble, but Krejci clearly was having issues during warm-ups as he met with the B’s medical staff a couple of times while trying to get loose. As it turned out the Bruins didn’t need their No. 2 center in a 2-1 win over the Senators in Game 1, but it wasn’t always pretty as evidenced by Boston going all of the second period without a single shot on net.
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Krejci’s injury caused a couple of dominoes to fall as David Pastrnak joined a super-group line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and Ryan Spooner logged 16 plus minutes of ice time while centering most of the night on a line with David Backes and Drew Stafford.
“I’m an optimist and that didn’t work out,” said Cassidy, who thought Krejci was good to go after morning skate “He’s continued to nurse an upper body injury. Tomorrow he’ll be off and the whole group will be off, so hopefully he can get out there [Friday] to test it out and we’ll go from there. Then it will be a day-to-day thing with him. We miss him. He’s a great playoff performer, but you’ve got to soldier on. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go [for Game 2].”
For now throw Krejci on the ever-growing list of injured Bruins players that includes Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, Noel Acciari and now Colin Miller after he was knocked out of Game 1 with a leg-on-leg hit in the second period.