Just back from Bruins dressing room, where the injured David Krejci was not made available to the media following the club's 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis.
Krejci exited the action, assisted to his skates by Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference, with 44 seconds gone in overtime. He was drilled straight on by T.J. Oshie, who clobbered Krecji with a a clean left shoulder to the head. The heavy collision rocked Krejci, who then slammed his head, possibly around the left temple area, on top of the boards before crumbling to the ice. A small amount of blood could be seen on the ice near the collision.
According to Claude Julien, Krejci got ''his bell rung'', but the coach said he could offer no further update on the slick center's condition. When asked if Krejci had been taken to the hospital, Julien only offered that Krecji was still on site at the Garden and being examined.
''I don' think it was the hit so much,'' said Chara. ''I think it was more that he hit his head on the ice.''
The Bruins typically don't offer updates on injured players until the day following their injury. Check back here over the next hour or two, in case they make an exception in this case.
If Krejci must sit out a while -- mandatory, if he has been concussed -- look for Danny Paille to make it back into the lineup.
Blues win it, 2-1, outscoring Bruins, 2-1 in shootout. Winning strike in shootout by ex-Bruin Brad Boyes.
Bergeron -- No goal. Hits left post
Oshie -- GOAL. Slips in backhander at base of left post.
Seguin -- GOAL. Quick backhand lift at left post.
Boyes -- GOAL -- Forehand stuff after deking Rask.
Ryder -- No Goal-- Forehander hits crossbar.
It's over -- headed to shootout.
With 1:28 to go, good stop by Rask on McDonald's doorstep shot following Oshie feed.
0:44 -- Krejci helped off ice by Chara and Ference after he gets drilled along boards by Oshie. Oshie's left shoulder drills into Krecji's head and the Boston center then slams head again on dasher as he falls to ice. Will be surprising if Krejci is not concussed. Not a dirty play. Oshie clobbered him head-on, straight up.
All knotted, 1-1, after 60:00. Headed to 5 min OT.
13:00 -- Bruins 1, Blues 1 -- Campbell snaps in one-timer, 20 feet out in slot, off feed in from left wing by Ryder. Bruins score off rush, with Marchand starting play up ice from deep in Boston's end.
For the second time in as many nights, the Bruins enter third period still searching for first goal.
Bruins still with nothing to show after 40:00. St. Louis with 1-0 lead and 25-18 shot advantage.
14:02 -- For second time on night, what looks like a Horton goal is denied after video review. Horton wrists 20-footer off crossbar. Again, good call by officiating crew. Puck ricocheted off crossbar, never crossed line. Pretty move by Horton to get around Brewer to squeeze off shot. But Bruins get power play when Brewer charged with hook on same play.
11:37 -- Stuart and Crombeen each sent off, 5 min fighting. Refs should have tagged Crombeen with extra 2 min and 10 min for instigating. Crombeen started tussle after Stuart smacked McClement with heavy check in neutral zone.
5:45 -- Bruins with another good shorthanded chance, with Hunwick landing 20-footer on net after Krejci makes brilliant feed across from left wing. Halak with dead cert save.
4:01 -- Ference and US Olympian David Backes in punchup at blue line after play moves out of Boston end. Both lose helmets. Ference lands a couple of right pops as it ends. Ference gets worst of calls: 2 min instigating, 5 min fighting, and 10 min misconduct.
Bruins put four pucks on net in opening three minutes. A little more pluck. Seguin snaps off sharp wrister from slot, off Ryder feed, at 2:35. Halak deflects with upper body.
First 20:00 in the books. Blues with 1-0 lead on strength of 13-6 shot advantage.
16:40 -- St. Louis 1, Boston 0 -- Sobotka snaps in 12-foot wrister from slot after Steen picks puck from Seidenberg at goal line and feeds to slot. Hunwick blocks Rask's view of puck. System failure. Too bad no 'reset' button. First goal for Sobotka in Bluenote uni.
Two good attempts at 15:40 by Horton, first on backhand and then on forehand, each shot squeezed off in tight quarters. Pre-game Horton said he had to shoot more.
Bruins successfully kill off hooking penalty to Krejci. Little offensive flow thus far for the Spoked-B. Sellout crowd looking for opportunity to enter game beyond constant urge to make fools of self on jumboscreen.
Lots of sustained action and some good hits. With 8:53 to go, Blues with 5-2 shot lead, indicative of St. Louis carrying the play.
3:16 -- Horton pops in short turnaround shot, from bottom of right wing faceoff circle, but referee immediately declares no goal. Plays goes to video review. Crowd gives referee Eric Furlatt a sound booing when he announces ''no goal'' ruling. Too many fans obviously jacked on Four Loco. Puck clearly hit left post and deflected out of crease. Correct call. Gold star for officiating crew.
Bruins open with their Lucic-Krejci-Horton line, backed by Chara and Ference. Rask in net.
The respective city's heroes have hit the ice here on Causeway Street. Puck down in a couple of minutes.
Unable yet to report on compete level.
About 30 minutes to go from puck drop here at the Vault.
As expected, Tuukka Rask will be in net tonight for the Bruins, who hope to avoid losing two in a row for the first time in 2010-'11.
Fellow scribe Fluto Shinzawa with the night off. A maintenance day, according to Exec Sports Editor Sargeant Joe Sullivan.
At last report, Shinzawa debating between an evening spent at MFA or Chuckie Cheese. Betting in press box is that he'll opt for food over fine art, but will bring requisite amount of crayons for at-table doodlings.