James O'Brien

Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46), of the Czech Republic, skates slowly up the ice during a break in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The scoreboard was showing the score from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres score.  Pittsburgh beat Buffalo, eliminating Boston from the playoffs.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Big, bad night: Bruins lose Krejci to injury, drop third straight game

On paper, this should be a golden opportunity for the Boston Bruins.

The Montreal Canadiens are flailing, leaving the Atlantic Division up for grabs. At one point, the B’s were more or less red-hot since mid-November.

Things look grimmer as of Sunday night, however. The Ottawa Senators beat them 3-1 tonight, escalating the Bruins’ current losing streak to three games (all in regulation).

That’s not the only worry, either, as David Krejci left the game and did not return thanks to an upper-body injury.

Not a ton is known about Krejci’s injury, including how it happened.

The Bruins lost these past three games by a troubling combined score of 11-4, including a stunning Saturday loss to the Buffalo Sabres that left Claude Julien fuming.

The key, then, is to get things back on track soon. The Bruins can gather themselves during a three-game homestand that includes the 2016 Winter Classic before things get rocky with a five-game road trip starting on Jan. 8.

Even with this mini-slump, the Bruins are in a solid position, but this is no time to go into hibernation.

Video: Robert Bortuzzo catches Jamie Benn with butt-end of stick

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Some call it a dirty play, others believe there was embellishment … and then there are those who probably see it as a bit of both.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo incited quite the donnybrook when he caught Dallas Stars scorer Jamie Benn with the butt-end of his stick during Sunday’s game:

Benn seemed shaken up, but he scored a goal and an assist as the Stars got some revenge via a 3-0 win.

Here is a GIF replay via My Regular Face, in case it helps.

Another setback? No Letang for Penguins tonight

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 09:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot against Brandon Gormley #46 of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on December 9, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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There are two uncomfortable possibilities for the Pittsburgh Penguins: either Kris Letang‘s previous injury issue is lingering or he suffered a new one on Saturday night.

Specific cause aside, Letang is being held out of tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets as a precautionary measure.

Apparently he didn’t feel too great this morning.

One specific moment of concern was a hit by Jarret Stoll, which may have left Letang stunned (but didn’t keep him from contributing to a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild).

The Score has a GIF of the hit here, which Stoll explained away to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Russo reports that supplemental discipline is unlikely.

Either way, this continues a disturbing pattern for Letang, as he’s faced recurring issues, especially when it comes to concussions.

Report: Evander Kane is the subject of sexual assault allegations

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20:  NHL player Evander Kane attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "We Are Your Friends" at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is the subject of a sex offense investigation stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at a Buffalo hotel on Sunday morning, according to the Buffalo News and other outlets.

WGR 550 cites sources “both inside and outside the Buffalo Police rank” that a 20-year-old woman is making the claim.

Note that Kane, 24, has not been charged with a crime at this time, but an investigation is reportedly in its early stages.

The Buffalo News reports that Kane is currently represented by attorney Paul J. Cambria, who also represented Patrick Kane.

The Buffalo Sabres released a statement regarding the matter, which the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham shared on Twitter:

“We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously. We are gathering facts (and have) been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives. Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment.”

Kane’s agent Craig Oster has not yet responded to requests for comment from the Buffalo News as of this writing.

Evander Kane was not present at practice on Sunday morning for “personal reasons.”

For more details, read the original Buffalo News report.

The Sabres’ next game takes place in Buffalo against the Washington Capitals on Monday.

Blues – Stars is down a ref because of Texas weather

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For at least one night, the common angry fan refrain of “How did you miss that?” can be answered with “Well, the other guy would have seen it.”

The unusual tornado/storm weather in the Dallas area apparently kept referee Brad Meier (pictured) from traveling to Sunday’s St. Louis Blues – Dallas Stars game, according to multiple reporters.

Get your jokes ready …

There’s a chance he might just be late, though.

As someone who’s in the area during the holiday season, it indeed was a pretty frightening scene at times on Saturday. Some regions of the general Dallas area were devastated by tornadoes and other storms, which normally aren’t expected until the spring:

The Blues managed a shootout win against the Stars last night, so the two teams are set to close off a back-to-back set with this game.

You can see Kevin Shattenkirk save the day in overtime here.