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David Krejci diagnosed with a concussion; will miss at least a week of action

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While the Bruins are certainly playing well this year, they haven’t been absolved from injuries. With Marc Savard and Marco Sturm already out of the lineup, the Bruins will have to make do without the services of David Krejci for a little while as Krejci has been diagnosed with a concussion. Krejci suffered the concussion last night thanks to a wicked open ice hit by Blues forward T.J. Oshie. Krejci then smacked his head on the dasher on his way down to the ice.  You can see video of the hit here on YouTube. Joe Haggerty of CSN-NE reports that Krejci will miss at least a week of action.

The 24-year-old playmaker will be out at least a week with the concussion, and will be evaluated by team doctors before returning to the B’s lineup. Krejci has a pair of goals and eights assists in 11 games with the B’s, and his presence will clearly be missed on the top alongside Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton with games against the Penguins, Canadiens and Senators this week.

The Bruins now have an interesting arrangement up the middle at center. Patrice Bergeron now figures to be the team’s top center with both Krejci and Savard out and rookie Tyler Seguin could slot in as the #2 man. Seguin was benched for most of the third period in last night’s shootout loss to the Blues after playing possibly his worst game of the season. Seguin did participate in the shootout and scored a pretty goal on Jaroslav Halak.

The Bruins have a bit too much experience in dealing with centers with concussions so if you’re worried that they’ll rush Krejci back into action, how they’ve handled Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard in the past should tell you otherwise. The effect Krejci’s absence has on the offense should be noted right away. The Bruins offense hasn’t been the focus of the team thanks to the play of Tim Thomas, but the Bruins will need to generate more offense as the season goes along no matter what. Thomas and Rask won’t be supermen all year long and the B’s troubles scoring (22nd out of 30 teams in scoring so far this year) will come into focus soon enough.

Doan makes Jets/Coyotes franchise history

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The Arizona Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise has a new leader in career points.

Shane Doan set the new mark at 931 points, taking over the franchise lead from Dale Hawerchuk thanks to a three-point night in a 4-1 Coyotes win over the Calgary Flames on Friday.

He scored twice — his first goal of the night tied Hawerchuk’s record — and added an assist. At 39 years of age, Doan has 21 goals this season and is on pace for his best season in that department since he scored 31 in 2008-09.

In fact, at his age and this stage in his NHL career, he could set a new personal best for goals in a single season.

Despite all the off-ice turmoil the Coyotes have gone through, and the speculation of that franchise possibly uprooting from the desert, Doan has hung in there.

That’s not to say he hasn’t spoken out at times about the constant controversies that have come up between the organization, the city of Glendale and the NHL.

In September of 2012, prior to the lockout, he had the choice to sign elsewhere. He narrowed his options down to Vancouver and Phoenix, eventually deciding to stick with the Coyotes.

No regrets.

Kopitar dominates with a hat trick to help Kings defeat Rangers in OT

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Anze Kopitar received high praise from L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter following Friday’s win over the New York Rangers.

All Kopitar did was score three goals on four shots on goal. He was also credited with five hits while winning 65 per cent of his faceoffs. His third goal of the evening with 30 seconds remaining in regulation pushed this game into overtime, where Tanner Pearson scored the winner for L.A. in a 5-4 victory.

“It was Kopi’s best game of the season, that’s for sure,” said Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

“Not just because he scored three goals, but it was his best game all around in terms of using his whole package. I mean, he was a pretty dominant player.”

L.A. maintain an eight-point lead on the San Jose Sharks for the Pacific Division lead.

The Kings’ victory came at a cost. Marian Gaborik left the game in the first period after being involved in an awkward collision. He did not return, and Sutter didn’t have an update on the veteran forward when the game ended.

Video: P.K. Subban tossed after on-ice outburst toward officials

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P.K. Subban was given a game misconduct on Friday after an outburst directed at officials in the final minute against the Buffalo Sabres.

Subban was furious after the puck got caught up in the skates of the linesman in the neutral zone before Evander Kane then picked it up and scored into the open net. That put the Sabres up by two goals with 55 seconds remaining in regulation and ended any hopes of a Montreal comeback.

Subban had some choice words for officials but his argument ultimately landed him with an early exit from this game. The Habs lost by a final score of 6-4.

“I looked around to see if he was going to blow [the whistle,]” said Subban, as per Sportsnet. “The puck is coming out of the zone. It hits the linesman. He’s standing there and sees the puck coming. It goes back to the player and he puts it in the open net. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

“Are we supposed to smile and be happy after that and say, ‘Thank you’ to the linesman? I don’t think so. I’m a little bit disappointed about that, because I felt there was a minute left in the game [and] we still had a chance to score.”

The Sabres scored four straight goals between the first and second periods, chasing Ben Scrivens from the net 1:28 into the second period.

 

Video: Doan ties Hawerchuk for most points in Jets/Coyotes history

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Shane Doan on Friday scored his 20th goal of the season, and tied a historical mark for the initial Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise in the process.

Doan scored in the first period against the Calgary Flames, tying him with Dale Hawerchuk for most points in Jets/Coyotes history with 929.

Now 39 years old, Doan has spent his entire career with that organization, playing one season in Winnipeg before the organization moved to Phoenix.

He also joined another impressive list, too.