Last night the Bruins put themselves in prime position to advance to the Eastern Conference finals (something they haven't done in 18 years) with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The B's now lead the best of 7 series 3 games to none. While I am very excited to see the Bruins advance this far in the playoffs, I still have a huge feeling of disappointment this morning.
David Krejci was absolutely smashed last night by Mike Richards (a completely legitimate hit though) while crossing his blue line into neutral ice. You could tell immediately that something was wrong, and Krejci did not return to the lineup for the remainder of the game. This morning the news that I've been afraid to hear has begun leaking out...early reports indicate that David suffered a broken wrist and will be out for the remainder of the season.
This is obviously a big disappointment for me personally. The experience of watching the Bruins advance this far is now tainted by the fact that my favorite player will be missing from the lineup when the B's play on the biggest stage they've played on in quite some time.
The injury is a huge loss for the Bruins too, who were already significantly short-handed (Sturm is out for the season, Seidenberg/Stuart have yet to play in the playoffs at all). I don't doubt that they will be able to close out the series with the Flyers, but I think that if the Penguins beat the Canadiens in the other Eastern Conference semi-final then the B's will have a hell of a time competing with Pittsburgh sans Krejci.
For what is likely to be my final Krejci post of the season, I've chosen this 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee Premier Dual Jersey Dual Patch Auto. I featured the Quad Jersey Auto (#'d to 299) quite a while back. Recently I added this Dual Patch Dual Jersey Auto version, which is #'d to just 35, to compliment it. Overall this was a decent season for Krejci, but it's a shame to see him fall to injury when his game was picking up and when the Bruins needed him most...
#1 - 2007-08 Upper Deck SPX (Auto/Dual Relic/#'d to 999)
#2 - 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee Premier (Auto/Quad Relic/#'d to 299)
#3 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Fresh Threads (Dual Relic)
#4 - 2008-09 Upper Deck Champs Mini
#5 - 2007-08 In the Game Heroes & Prospects
#6 - 2009-10 Fleer Ultra
#7 - 2007-08 Upper Deck SP Authentic (Auto/#'d to 999)
#8 - 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee
#9 - 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee
#10 - 2009-10 Upper Deck
#11 - 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Stat Leaders Insert
#12 - 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Retro Parallel
#13 - 2005-06 In the Game Heroes & Prospects
#14 - 2007-08 Upper Deck MVP
#15 - 2008-09 Upper Deck Powerplay
#16 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie
#17 - 2009-10 Upper Deck Victory Gold
#18 - 2009-10 Upper Deck MVP Winter Classic
#19 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Rookie Class
#20 - 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Gold Parallel
#21 - 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Retro Rainbow Parallel (#'d/100)
#22 - 2009-10 Fleer Ultra Ice Medallion Parallel (#'d/100)
#23 - 2007-08 Upper Deck The Cup Rookie Gold Auto Patch Parallel (Auto/Patch/#'d to 46)
#24 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Ultimate Signed Ultimate Debut Threads (Auto/Patch/#'d to 10)
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