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Torey Krug (upper-body injury) forced to exit Bruins' loss to Flyers

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Torey Krug (upper-body injury) forced to exit Bruins' loss to Flyers

BOSTON – The Bruins are already missing a phalanx of forwards due to injuries and now they may be adding another defenseman to the list as well. 

Torey Krug (upper body) exited Sunday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers late in the third period after Claude Giroux hit him from behind. He never returned to the bench for the overtime and shootout session.

Krug's absence was felt in both the shootout and the 3-on-3 overtime session after he generated six shot attempts in 19:15 of ice time. 

On Monday afternoon, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy ruled Krug out for Tuesday's game against the Panthers. And with Krug still being evaluated, the team is waiting on more information before announcing his status for weekend games against the Maple Leafs and Capitals.

“Upper body. He just left late. I was told, 'Torey’s off the bench, gone.' I didn’t know if he was coming back or not,” said Cassidy of Krug, who has two goals and 13 points along with a minus-4 rating in 17 games this season and has been the main offense provider on the blue line with Charlie McAvoy struggling to start this season.

“[There were] not very many whistles in overtime, so we managed without him. We’ll see how he is [on Monday]. I still have not talked to the trainers.”

Krug joins Brett Ritchie (upper body), David Backes (upper body), Jake DeBrusk (lower body) and Karson Kuhlman (leg) on the injured Bruins list. Boston just got Par Lindholm and Joakim Nordstrom back from injuries in time for Sunday’s loss to Philly.

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Talking Points from Bruins' 3-2 loss to Flyers: David Pastrnak's penalty shot miss proves costly

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Talking Points from Bruins' 3-2 loss to Flyers: David Pastrnak's penalty shot miss proves costly

GOLD STAR: Travis Konecny has proven once again that he’s one of the guys that the Bruins missed out on in the 2015 draft. The B’s passed over him (among others) to draft Zach Senyshyn with the 15th overall pick in that draft and it was pretty obvious which one is the more impactful player, as both were on the ice for Sunday night’s game. Konecny finished with a goal and two points and provided the first score of the night for Philly when he cleaned up a loose puck in front after Jaroslav Halak was handcuffed by a shot from Sean Couturier. Konecny finished with a goal, two points, a plus-2 rating, three shot attempts, one takeaway and one blocked shot in an active night for the Flyers winger. It gives Konecny eight goals and 19 points in 17 games for the Flyers after Sunday night’s effort.

BLACK EYE: Charlie McAvoy needs to find a way to improve on some areas of his game. It was his ill-advised pinch in the first period when on ice with the fourth line that led to the Flyers rush up the ice and net Konecny's goal. McAvoy finished with three giveaways in a team-high 26:04 of ice time, but was far too loose defensively in a game where the Bruins had a horrendous start. McAvoy now has four points in 17 games this season after going without any offensive production on Sunday night, and he needs to get it into gear with his best game sooner rather than later.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins tied it up in the third period while outshooting the tired Flyers by a 17-7 margin, and looked like they could have won the game in regulation when David Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot. Pastrnak tried to dazzle Flyers goaltender Carter Hart with his stickhandling, but was shut down by the Philly netminder when he could have won the game with a successful penalty shot. Instead the Bruins and Flyers remained locked at 2-2, and then Pastrnak again was unsuccessful during a shootout that eventually went the way of the Flyers. Their best chance to win was Pastrnak’s penalty shot and it didn’t happen for the Black and Gold as No. 88 has now gone two straight games without a goal for the first time this season.

HONORABLE MENTION: Zdeno Chara was solid enough with three shots on net, three hits, a takeaway and a blocked shot in 22:56 of ice time, and certainly didn’t play much of a role in the mistakes made that led to Boston’s deficit. But it ended up being the best moment of the night when Chara was recognized for playing in his 1,500th NHL game in a video tribute at home that featured Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Lidstrom all saying congratulations to Big Zee for hitting his career milestone. It all registered a quick wave from Chara to the crowd for the long ovation following the jumbotron show, and then it was quickly back to the game as the Bruins captain clearly prefers it to be.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 – the number of shots on net that the Bruins had after each of the first and second periods while struggling majorly out of the starting gate against the Flyers.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Poor. That’s about it. To sum it up, it was poor. We need to correct it in a hurry, but the good news is we did find our game eventually, and we can build off that.” –Bruce Cassidy, when asked his thoughts about the beginning of the game for the Bruins.

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NHL Highlights: Brad Marchand keys Bruins comeback vs. Flyers, B's fall in shootout

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NHL Highlights: Brad Marchand keys Bruins comeback vs. Flyers, B's fall in shootout

FINAL SCORE: Flyers 3, Bruins 2 -- (Shootout)

IN BRIEF: For two periods of action, the Bruins looked largely lifeless, save for a controversial no-goal call in the second period. They came roaring back in the third period, scoring twice to force overtime before falling in 1-0 in a shootout.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 11-3-3 (25 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

TRAVIS KONECNY LIGHTS THE LAMP FOR FLYERS

PHILIPPE MEYERS DOUBLES THE FLYERS LEAD

BRUINS ROBBED OF GOAL ON CONTROVERSIAL CALL

DANTON HEINEN WHEELS BRUINS FIRST GOAL INTO THE NET

MARCHAND COMPLETES THE COMEBACK IN THE THIRD PERIOD

PASTRNAK DENIED ON PENALTY SHOT WITH FIVE MINUTES LEFT

UP NEXT:

vs. Florida Panthers, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., NESN

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