By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Bruins took a hit up front on Monday, as second-line center David Krejci departed down the tunnel with an undisclosed injury in the first period of a 4-2 victory over the Ducks at TD Garden.
Krejci would try to return to the ice for the start of the second period, but it was short-lived comeback, as he played another two shifts and a total of 46 seconds before he left for the remainder of the afternoon.
While it was unclear how or where Krejci suffered the injury — or if the 33-year-old simply re-injured the lower-body ailment that kept him out of the first game of the season — his loss left Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy down a second-line center.
“He tried to play through it, didn’t come back,” Cassidy said after the victory. “We’ll see how he is.
“Tomorrow is an off day, so Wednesday we’ll have a better idea.”
And down Krejci, the Bruins simply tried to plug-and-play where they could, moving both wingers of Boston’s fourth line (Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Wagner) to center when needed, and increasing the minutes for both Charlie Coyle and Sean Kuraly when necessary.
“We put Nordstrom in the middle in the third. We put Wagner in the middle a couple of times, so good to have those guys that can move around. I tried to get Charlie Coyle extra minutes. [Patrice Bergeron]’s always going to play his minutes, and I’m willing to bet – I didn’t see the sheet – that Kuraly’s minutes are up too,” said Cassidy. “That’s what happens. You’ve got to plug someone in there. I thought they did a good job going in there. We moved some people around and at the end of the day got through it, and hopefully Krejci is good to go on Thursday against Tampa.”
If Krejci is unable to go on Thursday, however, Par Lindholm will be the first one back to jump back into the Boston lineup.
“He’s done a good job for us,” Cassidy said of Lindholm. “Whether he goes right into that spot or if we move Charlie [up to the second line]. We’ll have to discuss that internally, see if there’s a better fit in Providence, but I think Lindy’s done his job here for us, so he should get that opportunity.”
Krejci has one assist and six shots on goal through five games this season.