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Krejci misses practice with ‘minimal maintenance’ day

Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Three

TAMPA, FL - MAY 19: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins controls the puck in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

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The NHL’s leading scorer in the playoffs missed practice today. But don’t worry, Bruins fans, it was nothing serious -- David Krejci is fine.

“It’s very minor. He’s fine,” said Boston coach Claude Julien. “It was a maintenance day...minimal maintenance.”

Krejci has 17 points in 12 postseason games. The 27-year-old center was also the league’s leading playoff scorer in 2011, when his 23 points helped the B’s to a Stanley Cup.

Here’s CSN New England with a possible explanation for Krejci’s absence:

It appeared Krejci had one of his knees hyper-extended during an awkward collision in the latter half of the Game 5 win over the New York Rangers last weekend, but the Czech Republic pivot hadn’t missed either of the long practice sessions this week prior to today’s absence.

Krejci didn’t miss much anyways, as the B’s had a fairly light practice ahead of Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh.

“We just did a couple drills and then we just wanted to work our power play today and penalty kill,” said Julien, per “So basically the bulk of the practice was 20 minutes.”