Riley Nash's Huge Open-Ice Hit Knocks David Krejci Out Of Game 1

By Rob Mixer on April 25, 2019 at 11:17 pm
Boston Bruins center David Krejci left Game 1 late with an injury and did not return.
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The Blue Jackets, we know, are banged up on defense.

The Bruins, potentially, might now be facing an issue at center.

And ironically it was Riley Nash – the former Boston Bruin – who laid a massive open-ice hit on David Krejci late in the third period, causing Krejci to leave the game. Krejci was not on the Bruins bench late in the third period and he did not play in overtime, which was ended by Charlie Coyle at the 5:15 mark of sudden death.

This is potentially a significant development for the Bruins, who rely on Krejci to play in all situations and create offense behind Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy didn't have much of an update on Krejci after the game, but did confirm he didn't enter the NHL's concussion protocol.

Game 2 is Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Boston (NBC).