Bruins’ Krejci out 4-6 weeks with torn MCL

Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) controls the puck in front of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The Bruins won 3-2 in overtime. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

The Boston Bruins will be without forward David Krejci for their much-needed playoff push.

The Bruins confirmed Monday that Krejci’s knee injury is indeed worse than initially thought.

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Krejci, 28, suffered the lower-body injury midway through Friday’s 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues while checking Alexander Steen. Though he was forced to leave the game, the severity of the injury was unclear.

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The loss of Krejci is a sizeable blow to the Bruins’ playoff hopes as they toe the line in a tough Eastern Conference. He has tallied seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 38 games played this season.

Boston is 8-9-3 without him in the lineup (he has been forced to miss several games due to various injuries this season) and has a record of 20-12-6 when Krejci suits up.

The Bruins have recalled centre Ryan Spooner from their AHL affiliate, Providence, who is likely to take his place.

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