Boston Bruins

Video: Rask takes a puck to the head on Bruins bench

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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.

Boston opens four-game road trip with a loss in Anaheim

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The Boston Bruins began their four-game western road trip with a 3-2 to loss in Anaheim Monday night.

Brad Marchand opened the scoring with his sixth of the season; however, the Ducks responded with three straight to snap a two-game skid.

Sami Vatanen and Devante Smith-Pelly gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Bruins were not happy that Smith-Pelly got away with holding Matt Bartkowski’s stick just prior to his goal.

“You’ve got to battle through those things. This isn’t peewee hockey,” said Claude Julien per CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.

Added Bartkowski, “I’ve still got to find a way to get him out of there. He’s a big body and I should have just moved him in the first place.”

Matt Beleskey scored the eventual game winner at 4:43 of the third.

Beleskey spent the night playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

When Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau was asked post-game whether Beleskey had found a new home on the top line, Boudreau wasn’t quite sure about that.

“On our team? There’s never a home,” Boudreau told NHL.com “There’s a couple of tents [that] are up, but I don’t know if it’s a home.

“Now he’s feeling that he can score. In the past, he didn’t shoot the puck much. He didn’t get as much ice time as he’s getting. He’s more in a role of banging and energy, and now he’s asked to do the banging and energy, plus shooting the puck and being a big shooter on that line, and it’s paying off.”

Simon Gagne got Boston to within one midway through the final period, but the Bruins were unable to find the equalizer.

With the loss, the Bruins have just one win in their past four.

Boston continues their trip Tuesday against the L.A. Kings.

Bruins’ Chara (knee) making progress

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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.

Bruins place Krejci on IR

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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.

Canucks’ Hamhuis expected to be out till after Christmas

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Sources have indicated to PHT that Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis will be out of the Vancouver lineup until after Christmas.

Hamhuis suffered a lower body injury on Nov. 20 and will miss his fourth game when the Canucks visit the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

PHT has learned that Hamhuis’ “significant lower body injury” is not knee-related, but our source wouldn’t explicitly label the ailment.

Update: Sportsnet’s Dave Randorf reported Hamhuis is suffering from a groin injury.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury during the first period of the Canucks’ 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks when his right skate appeared to catch a rut in the ice in the Ducks zone.

Hamhuis, who was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 24, does not require surgery, but will seek a second opinion this week.

He has a history of abdominal and sports hernia issues, which required surgery in the summer of 2011 following a hip check delivered to Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

For those who still haven’t seen the play where Hamhuis was hurt, here it is:

In 20 games this season Hamhuis has six assists and a minus-5 rating while averaging 20:36 in time on ice.