Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug makes a pass from his knees during the third period of the Boston Bruins 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL hockey game in Boston Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Torey Krug’s night ends early for Bruins

The Boston Bruins lost defenseman Torey Krug for at least the rest of Saturday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Beyond that, there isn’t a whole lot of information, as the Bruins didn’t even reveal if Krug is suffering from a lower or upper-body injury. Naturally, that means there’s no word regarding how serious this issue is (beyond sidelining him for the night).

It’s not clear how Krug was hurt, although it may have happened midway through the first period.

So far, it sounds like Krug’s absence may mean a larger workload for Zdeno Chara.

Click here for what’s believed to be Krug’s last shift, via Stanley Cup of Chowder/“Crazy Canucklehead.”

Bruins make Pastrnak available for World Juniors

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 31: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on March 31, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins made it official on Saturday: David Pastrnak will be allowed to play for the Czech Republic in the 2016 World Juniors.

That won’t be an immediate move, it seems, as it appears that the loan would kick in following the roster freeze on Dec. 28.

If all comes to pass – CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty mentions that injuries have the potential to be a caveat – the ideal scenario for Boston would be Pastrnak getting the same boost this time around that he seemed to generate from a strong WJC experience last year.

Injuries and the occasional moment in Claude Julien’s doghouse have meant for a rocky start to Pastrnak’s season, but perhaps this will be a springboard for him once more?

Allen, Tarasenko lead Blues over Bruins

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BOSTON (AP) Jake Allen stopped 32 shots for his fifth shutout, Vladimir Tarasenko and Robby Fabbri scored third-period goals and the St. Louis Blues cooled off the Boston Bruins with a 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

It was only the second regulation loss in 16 games for Boston (11-2-3). St. Louis posted its fifth win in seven games.

The Bruins had won six of their last eight at home.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made 27 saves, but lost in regulation for the first time in 11 starts after going 8-0-2.

Tarasenko took a pass and came charging down the slot before slipping a wrister past Rask’s blocker for his team-leading 22nd goal to make it 1-0 at 7:35 of the third. It extended the winger’s point streak to a season-high seven games, with six goals and five assists during that span.

Fabbri snapped off a shot from the left circle that beat Rask inside the far upper corner with just more than 7 minutes to play.

St. Louis had the only power play in a well-played, clean game that featured one third-period fight.

Despite the scoreless opening two periods, both teams had some very good scoring chances – with the best coming off the game’s opening faceoff.

The Blues had the opportunity in the opening half-minute when Troy Brouwer split two defensemen, broke in alone and fired a wrister that Rask blocked with his left arm.

St. Louis wing Alexander Steen fired a shot that caromed directly off the right post midway into the second before Allen made a stellar stop on Brad Marchand‘s backhander about 4 minutes later.

Marchand collected a rebound at the bottom of the right circle, but Allen came sliding across quickly to make the save.

The Bruins owned a 26-21 edge in shots on goal over the first two periods, which featured a good amount of end-to-end play. But solid defensive positioning by both teams led to few second chances.

NOTES: Allen tied a Blues rookie record with four shutouts last season. . RW Jordan Caron, a former Bruin, was called up from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on Sunday and made his Blues debut Tuesday. . Boston entered averaging 3.19 goals per game, second in the NHL behind Dallas’ 3.42. . St. Louis finished its sixth set of back-to-back games. The Blues are 3-3 on the second night. . Steen blocked a slap shot and skated slowly to the bench in the second, but didn’t miss any ice time. . Scotty Bowman, senior adviser of hockey operations for the Chicago Blackhawks, was in the press box.

Former Bruins first-rounder Caron to make Blues debut tonight — in Boston

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Jordan Caron was taken by Boston with the 25th overall pick in 2009, and went on to play 134 games for the team over a five-year span.

Since getting traded in March, Caron has spent time with the Colorado Avalanche, the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and now, the St. Louis Blues — and tonight, Caron will make his St. Louis debut in a familiar place:

TD Garden.

“We really liked him (in training camp),” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Caron, per the Post-Dispatch. “We really liked his strength on the puck. He had a slow start but he’s played great down there lately.

“He deserves a chance to play.”

Caron, 25, was the subject of heavy criticism during his time in Boston, failing to secure a regular place in the lineup despite several chances to do so. After an equally troubling stint with the Avs — Caron went pointless in 19 games last year — there were serious questions about his ability to stick at the NHL level.

But a strong showing with the Wolves has turned things around.

Caron has a team-high nine goals and 14 points through 25 games this year. Tonight, he’ll take Scott Gomez‘s spot in the lineup as the Blues look to rebound from Monday’s loss 4-3 loss in Philly, a game St. Louis led 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Bruins’ Talbot suspended two games for ‘predatory’ hit on Tlusty

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The NHL has suspended Boston forward Max Talbot two games for interference on New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty from Sunday night.

Calling it a “late, violent” hit, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety was harsh in its assessment of Talbot’s decision-making on the play, which occurred midway through the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout win.

“What elevates this to hit to merit supplemental discipline is the extreme lateness and predatory nature of the hit,” the DoPS said. “After releasing the puck, Tlusty looks up and sees Talbot approaching.

“However, only after Tlusty looks back at the puck in the corner does Talbot commit to throwing this hit.”

Talbot, who wasn’t penalized on the play, will miss Boston’s next two games — tomorrow against the Blues, and Saturday against the Sabres. He’ll also forfeit $19,354.84 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Tlusty was shaken up by the hit, but returned to finish with just over 14 minutes of ice time.

“He went through and finished a full check,” Tlusty explained, per the Star-Ledger. “He went through my chest and head. It was a late check, but it’s tough to say anything. I would just say it was too late.”