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Boston’s David Krejci ruled out with lower-body injury

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Boston Bruins center David Krejci left Friday night’s Game 5 matchup against the Ottawa Senators with a lower-body injury. He will not return.

The injury came after a check from Senators defenseman Chris Wideman.

Krejci was appearing in just his third game of the series and is yet to total a point during his time on the ice. He was hampered entering Game 5, but now exits early, with his next chance to return coming in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon.

During the regular season, Krejci played in all 82 games for just the second time in his career. He tied his career-high in goals scored, finding the back of the net on 23 occasions. He also assisted on an additional 31.

The two-time All-Star is a former two-time league leader in plus-minus. But for the first time since 2011-12, he posted a negative mark in that category. His minus-12 was the lowest of his career.

For the past 11 seasons, Krejci has been a member of the Bruins’ attack. Selected in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Boston out of Sternberk, Czechoslovakia, Krejci has made his career in one place. Prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, he signed a six-year extension to remain with the franchise.

During the regular season, he was one of just three Bruins to appear in all 82 games. He finished third on the team in points, behind wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. He took his game to the next level after the All-Star break, finding the back of the net 11 times in the second half of the year.

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