David Krejci suffers lower-body injury in Bruins preseason win

Matt Kalman
September 23, 2019 - 11:34 pm

With Patrice Bergeron slowly working his way back from a groin injury that dates back to the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins can't afford to lose another center.

We’ll find out in the days ahead if David Krejci is going to be on the shelf for any length of time, but after he skated just two shifts in a 4-3 overtime preseason win against Philadelphia at TD Garden on Monday, coach Bruce Cassidy was confident Boston wouldn’t be missing Krejci long.

“I don’t think he’s serious. Took a hit early on, tried to keep playing and he just felt it was better to not push through, wasn’t worth it. So obviously we’ll know more tomorrow, but I don’t believe it’s serious,” Cassidy said of Krejci’s lower-body injury.

Krejci was making his preseason debut; Bergeron has yet to appear in a preseason game.

Rask takes two

Goalie Tuukka Rask also made his preseason debut. In the morning, Cassidy said Rask would play the whole game but instead the netminder played two periods.

“It was up to him, it was going to be his workload depending upon the game, how he felt. He just thought after two period he’d got his work in and felt that was enough for tonight,” Cassidy said after the game.

Rask made 16 saves on 17 shots.

“Not bad. It was good, good to kind of get in the action, work an hour on the ice for the past week and a half, and game action’s always different, but it’s not too long ago that you last played. So it was kind of easy to jump into it and get a feel for it,” he said.

Daniel Vladar replaced Rask and made 14 saves on 16 shots, with one of the goals against coming on an unfortunate bounce off Boston center Trent Frederic’s stick in front of the net.

Four score

The Bruins won on a Jake DeBrusk goal during a net-front scramble during an overtime power play. During the 4-on-3, Cassidy deployed four forwards – DeBrusk, Charlie Coyle, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand – because Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk– defenseman that would normally man the point – were all scratched.