Video: Panthers lose in Ottawa, fail to move ahead of Bruins in Wild Card race

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There it was, an opportunity for the Florida Panthers to move ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.

A win would’ve done the job. The Panthers would’ve moved one point ahead of the Bruins, who have lost six in a row and will not have David Krejci in their lineup Sunday against Chicago. Instead, the Panthers lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

The Panthers jumped out to the lead in the first period, but surrendered four unanswered goals.

It could’ve been worse for the Panthers. Forward Jussi Jokinen was on the receiving end of a high, late hit from Ottawa blue liner Jared Cowen in the second period. Jokinen remained down on the ice, but did stay in the game.

Cowen was handed a minor penalty for interference. He fought Shawn Thornton two seconds after stepping out of the box.

Bruins’ Krejci won’t play Sunday against Blackhawks, severity of injury unknown

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The Boston Bruins, losers of six in a row, will not have David Krejci for their Sunday tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Krejci left Friday’s loss against the St. Louis Blues during the second period and did not return. The extent of his injury isn’t exactly known right now, with the Bruins on the road. But head coach Claude Julien confirmed the 28-year-old center will not be in the lineup.

“We won’t know the severity of his injury until we get back home,” said Julien on Saturday.

The Bruins also reassigned goalie Malcolm Subban to the American Hockey League, as per Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

Subban was pulled in his NHL debut Friday, after allowing three goals on just six shots. The former first-round pick was critical of his play afterward.

“It’s not the game I wanted it to be for the team,” said Subban, as per CSNNE.com. “Obviously I need to look at the game, and the stuff I did wrong. I was way too deep on all three goals regardless of how they went in – tip, screen, knuckle-puck, whatever – I’ve got to challenge more. If it was the AHL I would have been out more, and maybe those don’t go in.”

“Whether it’s nerves or whatever it is, there are no excuses. You’ve got to stop the puck. I was way too deep on all three goals, and I didn’t give myself a chance to make the saves.”

Bruins’ Miller (shoulder) to have season-ending surgery

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The Boston Bruins will be without Kevan Miller for the remainder of the season the club announced Saturday.

Miller, who sustained a right shoulder dislocation on Feb. 16 against the Calgary Flames, will undergo season-ending surgery.

The 27-year-old initially injured the shoulder during an Oct. 18 fight with Buffalo Sabres’ forward Nicolas Deslauriers and missed 13 games.

Miller appeared in 41 games this season scoring two goals and five assists to go along with a plus-20 rating and an average of 18:02 in ice time.

Bruins losing streak hits six games, Krejci leaves game due to injury

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Things are going from bad to worse for the Boston Bruins. They lost big in St. Louis on Friday, and that isn’t just reserved to the scoreboard.

Forward David Krejci left the game early in the second period and did not return due to an undisclosed injury. And while the Bruins allowed only 15 shots on goal, they lost by a final score of 5-1 after a disastrous second period.

“Don’t know quite the severity of it so we’ll have to see here,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Malcolm Subban, who was making his NHL debut in net for the Bruins, was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. He eventually entered back into the game late in the third period, when the result was all but official.

The Bruins entered the game with a one-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. But they’ve now lost six consecutive games — managing single points in two of those — as this five-game road trip through the Western Conference continues.

The Bruins are in Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Sunday.

Bruins’ Malcolm Subban pulled in NHL debut

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Malcolm Subban’s NHL debut was a forgettable one.

Subban, in net for the Boston Bruins against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, was pulled early in the second period after allowing three goals on just six shots faced.

All three goals he allowed came within the first 5:09 of the second period. Tuukka Rask came into the game for Boston.