BOSTON -- It doesn’t matter what line combinations Bruins coach Claude Julien creates, or which players he has on special teams, there’s no replacing Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins forward suffered a moderate concussion during Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. He’s ranked as the best faceoff man in the league, and can be considered one of the best penalty killers, too.
“We’ve got other guys,” Julien said. “You’ll probably see David Krejci in there. David’s been a penalty killer for us in the past, and since we had lots of penalty killers, we held him back a little bit because a lot of times we’ll come back with his line after we kill, but we need him right now.”
Krejci attends all the meetings for both the penalty kill and the power play. Newly acquired forward Kaspars Daugavins can also kill penalties.
"We’re OK in that department, but you don’t replace Patrice that easily, especially when it comes to faceoffs,” Julien said.
Julien spoke with Bergeron and said he was in good spirits.
"He sounded positive and he sounded good,” Julien said. “Again, you never know with those things, you really never know. Guys have taken a step back, some guys have progressed quicker than others. It’s really a tough thing to predict, as far as how long.”