Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask isn’t playing tonight, but still managed to get injured while watching.
Early in the first period, a Jeff Carter dump-in attempt deflected off a stick and wound up striking Rask in the head.
Rask eventually left for repairs, but is back on the Bruins bench now.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara remains in Boston as his teammates head out on a four-game western road trip, which begins Monday in Anaheim.
The hope is once the team gets back, Chara will be close to returning to the lineup.
“You know, we’re gone for eight days now, so I can’t predict what’s going to happen after eight days. You’d like to hope [he’s close to returning], but I don’t know,” coach Claude Julien told the team’s website.
Chara has been out since Oct. 23 with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The 37-year-old has already missed 14 games, but has been skating regularly with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.
“[The trainers are] going at the stage here where they didn’t think it was an advantage to bring him with us on the trip and he’d be better served staying behind and rehabbing and skating here on his own with (David Krejci),” said Julien.
Chara had two goals and three points while averaging 21:41 in ice time in nine games prior to the injury.
The Boston Bruins have placed forward David Krejci on injured reserve and recalled Craig Cunningham from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.
Krejci is suffering from a lower body injury sustained during the preseason, which has bothered him throughout the first two months of the regular season.
The 28-year-old has been limited to 11 games this season including just two of the past 12 games. He has three goals and 10 points to go along with a plus-4 rating this season.
Cunningham, 24, has four goals and 13 points in 18 AHL games with Providence this season.
Originally Boston’s 2010 fourth-round selection (97th overall), Cunningham appeared in the first three games of the season with Boston before being assigned to the AHL.
Krejci will miss all four games of the Bruins’ upcoming four game western road trip, which begins Monday in Anaheim.
The Boston Bruins would like to add some “heaviness” to their lineup, GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters today.
From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:
No huge surprise to hear that. When the Bruins went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013, they had players like Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, Shawn Thornton, and Johnny Boychuk. All four of those players, since departed, brought size and strength to Boston’s lineup.
While the B’s aren’t exactly a bunch of pipsqueaks now, they did intentionally go into the season with more speed and skill up front, and there’s a feeling they’ve lost that “big, bad” identity that accompanied their rise into the elite category of NHL teams. On Boston’s current active roster, only four forwards are listed at 200 pounds or more — Milan Lucic (235), Carl Soderberg (216), Matt Fraser (204), and Daniel Paille (200).
In yesterday’s mailbag, Haggerty suggested Columbus forward Nick Foligno (210 pounds) as a potential target for Chiarelli.
We’ll suggest another one, courtesy TSN’s Bob McKenzie — Jordan Nolan (221 pounds) of the Los Angeles Kings.
If you ask head coach Claude Julien, he’ll tell you that goals and wins have been especially difficult to come by for the Boston Bruins lately. Losing out on two borderline ones can’t help.
Boston saw two goals disallowed in its Monday match against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is set to resume in the third period on NBCSN. The Bruins are tied 2-2, but some will wonder if things would be even better if the reviews went Boston’s way.
Update: the Penguins beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Read more about it here.
In the first period, a Patrice Bergeron tally was waved off because of a high stick:
Here’s the league’s official explanation via its Situation Room Blog:
At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick.” No goal Boston.
The second one came in the middle frame, and it was an odd situation overall:
Again, the NHL explained its logic:
At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net.” No goal Boston.
Tough breaks. We’ll see if Boston can win despite these setbacks.