Source: Krejci (knee) could miss extensive time

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Source: Krejci (knee) could miss extensive time

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

UPDATE: A source has indicated to Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty that the mystery injury Krejci sustained today in practice was a knee injury. Krejci was not hit, but caught an edge on the ice, and the knee gave. The Bruins are awaiting test results on the severity of the injury. The best case scenario would be a knee sprain, which would keep him out a couple of weeks.

Krejci has not made the trip to Carolina for tomorrow's game against the Hurricanes, the Bruins announced.

WILMINGTON -- Very few media or players attending Tuesday mornings practice actually saw it happen, but David Krejci left the practice ice early with some kind of body injury, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Different observers thought it was either a leg or his ribs that the talented top line center was favoring, but either way theres something amiss physically and Bs coach Claude Julien wouldnt rule out Krejci missing the upcoming two-game road trip when asked point blank.

"I dont know. I cant really talk on the severity of it right now, said Julien. We'll know more this afternoon when we find out more.

Krejci and his linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton had slumped out to a slow start for the Bruins in the first three games of the season with two points, a minus-6 and only 13 shots on net between them. Claude Julien had actually toyed with the idea of breaking the line apart after the listless 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon, but the trio was still skating together at Tuesdays practice at Ristuccia Arena until Krejci was helped off the ice.

If the Krejci injury keeps him out of games then it might be as good a time as any to try 19-year-old Tyler Seguin with the heavy-hitting wingers as a change of pace from business as usual in their first three games.

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Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity'

Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity'

BOSTON – While there were some warning signs over the last few weeks that the Bruins might be getting away from their game, it didn’t really hit home until Thursday night’s frustrating loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Bruins blew through three different one-goal leads in the second period in the 6-3 loss to the Bolts at TD Garden, and each time surrendered a tying goal to Tampa in less than two minutes after initially scoring. It was a clear indicator that the Bruins weren’t fully focused on the task at hand despite having already lost three games in a row, and that their ability to bounce back from adversity is going away from them again. 

That much was obvious when the bottom dropped out in the third period, and Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov turned into a two-man Lightning wrecking crew outscoring the Bruins by a 3-0 margin in the final 20 minutes. 

“I think the frustration is more in-game, where we’ve got to have a stronger mental capacity to handle those [challenging] situations in-game. Let’s face it, when you get on a bit of a losing streak, all those things creep in, whether it’s in October or whether it’s in March,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You have doubts, you start pressing, and again, it’s my job to alleviate the kind of attention in those situations.

“But, as I told you, we all have to be accountable and be responsible for ourselves, and that’s where we just need to have better focus and better discipline in those areas. It was there when it was 3-3 [on the scoreboard]. We’ve got to push back after they score, and that’s where I thought we started to come apart a little bit where we should’ve stuck together and stuck with the program. [We needed to] get ourselves slowly back into the game. We had 10 minutes to even the score, and we weren’t able to do it.”

Clearly this wasn’t just the coach alone in his pointed observations, however, as the lack of focus showed unfortunately in a rudderless second period for the Black and Gold where they couldn’t gain any separation from Tampa Bay despite scoring three goals. 

“[It’s] not being focused, not being sharp, and obviously at this time of the year it’s unacceptable, and it’s up on us to be better,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Those kinds of situations shouldn’t happen. So, for sure, we need to address those things and hold each other accountable.”

One thing is clear: The Bruins have a lot of work to do if they hope to avoid the same kind of late season tailspin that doomed them each of the last two seasons, and already seems to be happening over their last four losses to varying levels of hockey talent. 

Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

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Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.