OTTAWA – The Bruins don’t know how long David Krejci will be out with an injury, but they know that the actions that took their playmaking center out of Game 5 helped fire them up for an eventual double-overtime win over the Ottawa Senators Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Krejci, playing in just his third game of the series after missing the first two with an upper body injury, was taken out with a knee-on-knee hit from defenseman Chris Wideman in the closing minutes of the first period. Krejci would need help to the B’s dressing room after being down on the ice for long moments, and apparently the actions of the Senators immediately afterward helped fire up the Bruins for the 3-2 comeback win in double-OT that will bring the series back to Boston for a Sunday afternoon matinee.
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"I think with the hit on Krejci, when they started chirping Krejci, I think that rankled [the players] a little bit," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy following the game. "It's one thing to play hard, it's another thing -- here's a veteran guy in the NHL, a proven performer -- and a young kid starts lipping him.
“I think that really got to our guys, to be honest with you. It sort of turned the temperature up in the game from there on. That was a break for us in that regard. It's unfortunate as a break when you have to lose a player, but it got our attention and from there, I thought we were a pretty good team.”
It was unclear whether it was Wideman that was talking trash to Krejci after the hit or somebody else, but Zdeno Chara was part of the group that responded and converged on Wideman immediately after a hit that didn’t even merit a two-minute minor penalty from the referees.
Cassidy didn’t have much of an update on Krejci, who had zero points and three shots on net in three playoff games while looking like he was playing at less than 100 percent. One would expect Ryan Spooner would draw back into the lineup with the top-six center potentially out again this weekend.
"He'll be listed as day-to-day until I hear anything different," Cassidy said of Krejci. "I don't know right now. There's a lot going on out there. We'll see on [Saturday] morning."
So again list Krejci to the B’s walking wounded in this series that also includes Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Adam McQuaid for a depleted Bruins group that just seems to keep winning.