The Bruins, who earlier this afternoon reported they were uncertain if they would provide an update on David Krejci’s condition, have just reported that the 24-year-old center has been diagoned with a concussion.
”He will be out at least a week,” according to a statement released today by the club, ”and he will continue to be evaluated by our medical team.”
Krejci was rocked by a T.J. Oshie check in the first minute of overtime during Boston’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Blues Sunday night at the Garden.
About an hour prior to that release, team spokesman Matt Chmura, responding early this afternoon to a Globe/Boston.com email request, reported he was uncertain if the Bruins would release any information on Krejci’s condition today.
”As soon as we know,” wrote Chmura, ”We will let you know.”
The Bruins are off today, following their back-to-back losses, Friday night to the Caps and Saturday night to the Blues.
Coach Claude Julien noted Saturday night, following the loss, that the 24-year-old Krejci had his ”bell rung” on the collision with Oshie. Krejci, drilled by an Oshie shoulder check to the head, careened into the boards and slammed his head on top of the dasher. After initially being assessed on the ice by a team trainer, Krejci got propped up on his feet and was assisted off the ice by team captain Zdeno Chara and defenseman Andrew Ference.
Chara said later in the night that he felt it was Krejci’s fall to the ice that was more damaging than the initial hit. Ference said he felt the bigger issue was Krejci’s head hitting the top of the dasher.
The Bruins resume practice Monday morning in Wilmington, where Julien will have to reconfigure his No. 1 line, which had Krejci between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. It’s likely Patrice Bergeron will move to pivot that duo.
The conjecture around the room post-game among a couple of players–who often are not the best sources of medical information–was that Krejci sustained a low-grade concussion.