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Chara out for Bruins, no Spezza for Sens in Saturday game

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The Boston Bruins defense already might have felt scatterbrained on Saturday following the stunning news of Dennis Seidenberg’s season-ending injury, and now they’ll be without all-world asset Zdeno Chara, too.

On the other end of the ice, the Ottawa Senators won’t have a guy Chara and Seidenberg likely would’ve been tasked with shutting down: Jason Spezza.

The Bruins announced that Chara, 36, is day-to-day, but they didn’t specify what exactly is bothering the gigantic blueliner. Spezza, 30, is dealing with a lower-body issue.

The Big Z is one of the league’s sturdiest defensemen despite a rugged style; according to the Hockey News’ listings, he hasn’t sat out a game since missing a pair of contests with a leg injury back in late 2011.

It’s not the only loss for Ottawa, either, as stay-at-home defenseman Chris Phillips also has a lower-body injury (specifically a left foot problem) that will keep him out of the lineup.

The precise severity of the issues for the two teams’ stars is unclear, yet it seems like both squads may limp into 2014.

Bruins’ Seidenberg done for season with torn ACL/MCL

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The Bruins will have a huge hole to fill on their blue line for the rest of the season.

The team announced defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during their win against Ottawa last night. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said it’ll take him 6-8 months to recover from the injury.

Seidenberg was hurt after getting his leg tangled up with Sens forward Cory Conacher. He left the game and did not return and, as we’ve found out today, for good reason.

In 34 games this season, Seidenberg had one goal and nine assists while averaging over 21 minutes per game. Losing him for the season after losing Andrew Ference over the summer in free agency to Edmonton makes the Bruins defense look very green.

The Bruins have three steady veterans in captain Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid. More will be asked of all three of them as well as younger guys like Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski. Those guys have played admirably this season, but none have been as steady as Seidenberg.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman on an emergency basis to fill Seidenberg’s spot in the meantime and sent goalie Niklas Svedberg back to Providence.

With Soderberg and Seidenberg hurt, Bruins recall pair from minors

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The Boston Bruins have a sort of M.A.S.H. unit going on as they hit the road to face the Ottawa Senators tonight.

While defenseman Dennis Seidenberg left last night’s game with a lower-body injury, forward Carl Soderberg is also banged up and did not make the trip to Ottawa. The Bruins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky and forward Nick Johnson on an emergency basis to fill their spots.

As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty shares, Claude Julien didn’t specify what the injury was to Soderberg but it’s believed to be a concussion after he was hit into the glass partition between the benches last night.

Johnson and Warsofsky have had turns already this season in Boston. Johnson played in seven games and did not register a point. Warsofsky played in three games after taking Kevan Miller’s spot to save him from having to hit waivers.

Two steps forward, one back: Bruins lose Seidenberg

Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins shoots before scoring in the third period against the Ottawa Senators during the game on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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The Boston Bruins welcomed Daniel Paille (concussion) back to their lineup on Friday for Boston’s 5-0 victory over Ottawa. On top of that, blueliner Adam McQuaid (lower body) returned on Monday, but their luck when it comes to injuries hasn’t reversed entirely.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg suffered a possible leg injury when he was tangled up with Ottawa’s Corey Conacher in the third period of Friday’s contest, according to CSN New England.

Seidenberg has been ruled out for Saturday’s game in Ottawa, but his availability beyond that has yet to be determined.

“He’s being evaluated right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Boston will certainly miss his presence if he’s gone for any extended period of time. He’s been averaging 21:50 minutes per game and is the team leader in blocked shots.

Rask posts 33-save shutout, Bruins crush Senators

Ottawa Senators' Cory Conacher (89) and Milan Michalek (9) battle Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44) for the rebound off Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Tuukka Rask took the NHL lead with his fourth shutout while simultaneously earning his 20th victory of 2013-14 in the Boston Bruins’ 5-0 victory over Ottawa on Friday.

Rask turned aside 33 straight shots, including 15 in the first period.

Of course, he got plenty of support. Jarome Iginla’s power-play goal in the second period proved to be the game winner while Reilly Smith found the back of the net twice.

Acquired in the Tyler Seguin deal, Smith now leads the Bruins with 14 goals this season. He also ranks second on the team with 30 points in 38 contests.

The Bruins have now won three straight games and have outscored their opponents 15-3 over that span. All the same, with the Tampa Bay Lightning surging and the Montreal Canadiens enjoying a strong first half of 2013-14, Boston’s spot atop the Atlantic Division is far from secure.