David Krejci concussion 'moderate'

Updated: November 8, 2010, 2:26 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

Bruins forward David Krejci suffered a "moderate" concussion in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Blues and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday.

On Sunday, the team reported on its media site that Krejci would be out at least a week.

"As far as a time frame goes, I don't know," Chiarelli said. "All indications are, one, it being a moderate concussion; two, the way he's feeling in the first two or three days following a concussion -- those most critical in gauging a prognosis -- he's been good in that time period."

Krejci
Krejci

A team source had said after the game that Krejci suffered a mild concussion and a minor facial laceration when he collided with T.J. Oshie of the Blues in front of the penalty boxes. Krejci took the worst of the hit and then crashed into the boards head-first. He lay on the ice and was attended to by team trainer Don DelNegro. Krejci was able to skate off the ice with some assistance from teammates..

According to Chiarelli , Krejci had amnesia and nausea immediately after the hit but has improved since and may undergo another baseline test later this week.

Oshie said after game that he thought the hit was clean.

"It was two guys going at the puck," he said. "I tried to get low and get a good center of gravity. It looked like he was coming to hit me as well. It was a hard battle tonight. It was a physical game. I certainly hope that he's OK and he'll be right back."

The Bruins' GM said he had no issues with Oshie's hit.

"It was a coincidental hit, an incidental hit," said Chiarelli. "David put himself in that position, Oshie was there, David wanted to hit him at that point. It was just one of those things. I have no problem with the hit."

That seemed to be the general consensus amongst Krejci's teammates Monday as well. While they obviously are upset to see a teammate injured, they said they didn't believe the hit was dirty or that there was intent to injure.

"You know it's tough because you hate to see that ... just the way it kind of happened," forward Blake Wheeler said. "It was just an unfortunate-looking thing and it looked pretty ugly -- the hit itself -- but I don't think there was any intent on anyone's part."

Krejci suffered a season-ending wrist injury during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers last spring, and needed immediate surgery to repair the damage. He arrived at training camp this season healthy.

Joe McDonald contributed to this story.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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