Fraser, Spooner replace Eriksson, Thornton, Kelly

Fraser, Spooner replace Eriksson, Thornton, Kelly
December 8, 2013, 12:15 am
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BOSTON -- The Bruins will have a few different faces on their roster when they take the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. Already without Johnny Boychuk (sprained back) and Adam McQuaid (groin), the B’s appear to have lost Shawn Thornton (impending suspension), Chris Kelly (undisclosed injury) and Loui Eriksson (concussion) in the come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden on Saturday night.

So the Bruins have called up Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner from Providence, according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver, for the four game road trip through Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver that begins with Sunday’s tilt vs. the Leafs. Both Fraser and Spooner have been lighting it up for the P-Bruins at the AHL level, and will give the Bruins much more of an offensive look entering the lineup.

In the good news department: it appeared that Brad Marchand was okay after taking a dirty knee to his head from Pittsburgh forward James Neal, although he wouldn’t comment on his health status following the game.

“I’m not going to comment on that stuff. It’s just an unfortunate situation. As you know, Shawn [Thornton]’s got a hearing now with [Brendan] Shanahan so he won’t travel with us to Toronto tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen from there,” said Julien. “At the same time, Loui [Eriksson]’s not traveling with us either; he’s got a concussion. And same thing, the other guy that we just found out at the end of the game, [Chris] Kelly suffered an injury from a slash and he won’t be traveling with us either.”

Kelly played 18 shifts and 12:39 of ice time in the game, and it appeared he took a slash in the second period. But it was difficult to pinpoint exactly when it happened, or what his exact injury was in an event-filled postgame scene.

One thing is readily apparent through all of the call-ups: the Bruins are a very banged up bunch little more than two months into the season, and the list just keeps growing after some brutal Eastern Conference grudge matches.