Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 25: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins shoots the puck in tech first period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins’ bench was missing a player for the start of overtime in a 3-2 Game 1 win over the Blue Jackets.

A pretty big one, as a few rotations through the lineup revealed, as it was second-line center David Krejci that missed all 5:15 of overtime due to an undisclosed injury suffered on a third-period hit from former teammate Riley Nash.

Without Krejci at his disposal, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was forced to tinker with his lines on the fly.

That led to some rather wacky combinations from Cassidy out of the gate in overtime, but failed to become an issue thanks to Charlie Coyle’s game-winning goal scored just over the five-minute mark of the fourth frame.

And speaking with reporters after the game, Cassidy noted that while he didn’t talk with Krejci after the game, he does not believe that it’s going to be anything that keeps the 32-year-old center out of action for an extended stretch.

“I would rule [Krejci] as day-to-day for now,” Cassidy said after the win. “First thing someone said was well is he in protocol – no, it’s not a concussion. He got hit. He left the game, and by the time he was available to come back, the game was over, so we’ll see how he is in the morning. Hopefully, have an update for you then if it’s anything more serious than day-to-day.”

It feels worth mentioning that Krejci was indeed in the B’s dressing room after the victory, and seemed to be moving around without any sort of considerable limitations.

Should Krejci miss time, though, the most likely move for the Bruins would be to move Coyle up to the second line, bump Sean Kuraly up into a third-line role, and dress David Backes as Boston’s 12th forward. The Bruins do have more than a few players on their roster with NHL center experience, too, in Chris Wagner, Noel Acciari, and Marcus Johansson.

Krejci, who has twice led the NHL in playoff scoring, has two goals and five points through eight playoff games this spring.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.