Krejci dislocated wrist in Game 3

Updated: May 6, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci will miss the rest of the playoffs with a dislocated right wrist suffered in Wednesday night's Game 3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, the team confirmed Thursday morning.

Krejci
Krejci

The 24-year-old Krejci took a vicious but clean open-ice shot from the Flyers' Mike Richards in the first period and did not return.

The play led to the Bruins' go-ahead goal in the 4-1 victory that gave Boston a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Krejci ended up in Baltimore after the game at Union Memorial Hospital, where he had surgery on the wrist. He is expected to be ready for the 2010-11 preseason.

Bruins coach Claude Julien did not take issue with the hit on Krejci, who had 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 games this postseason after tallying 17 goals and 35 assists in the regular season.

Losing Krejci could be devastating for the Bruins moving forward, especially because the team lost Marco Sturm for the remainder of the season when he tore his ACL and MCL in Game 1 of this series.

Marc Savard, who just returned after missing six weeks with a concussion, was having his ice time closely monitored by Julien. In Game 3, Savard had no choice but to log more minutes, and he showed no ill effects.

"I knew when David went down I would be getting some extra minutes," Savard said. "It was hot out there and we kept [our shifts] short. Everybody battled and that's why we are where we are."

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid also was banged up Wednesday and left the game. Julien said in his postgame comments he was not sure if McQuaid would be able to play in Friday's Game 4.

One possible replacement, if McQuaid has to miss time, might be defenseman Mark Stuart, who has been out since April 2 with a hand infection but appears close to returning. He traveled with the team to Philadelphia and participated in the optional skate Wednesday morning.

"He's progressing pretty good right now," Julien said before Game 3. "It's a matter of every day getting a little more feedback from him and from our doctors to see how close we're getting. ... Game 4? I don't know. I haven't been told by our medical crew that he's cleared to go, and right now we're working on getting him into game shape. Once we get the OK, it'll be our decision."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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