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Update 10AM: The injury is confirmed. Krejci is out for the rest of the year.
David Krejci with a broken wrist. Will have surgery in Baltimore. Out for series and likely season.
For those that didn’t see the play, here’s the video courtesy of Versus:
There doesn’t seem to be much issue with the hit from Mike Richards as Claude Julian commented: “It was a clean hit. No issues there.” Of course, as with any of these brutal hits, it’s generally never exactly a fan-friendly (or player friendly…) outcome for these excessive hits.
As for what the Bruins will do now, look to Vladimiar Sobotka and Blake Wheeler to fill in for Krejci on the penalty kill. As for other implications, a few healthy scratches may be activated as well. According to the Globe:
While Sobotka can fill Krejci’s spot, the Bruins will need to dress Trent Whitfield or Brad Marchand for Game 4. Both have been healthy scratches throughout the playoffs. Whitfield would be the logical choice because he is a center and has playoff experience (14 career postseason appearances, all for Washington). But the coaching staff could move Steve Begin, who started last night at left wing, back to center and bring Marchand in for energy.
Adam McQuaid was also seen leaving the Wachovia Center with a limp and walking slowly. Mark Stuart, if he’s able to be medically cleared, is the most likely candidate to fill in for McQuaid.
If the Bruins are going to take on the NHL’s best in the playoffs, they are going to have to find ways to work through these injuries. The injury toll now stands at three: Marco Sturm (out for season with torn ALC/MCL), Krejci (wrist), and now possibly McQuaid (knee). How do you think will the Bruins adjust?