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Concussion sidelines Michalek, Sens face Bruins on TSN, TSN.ca

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TSN.ca Staff
12/14/2011 11:46:33 AM
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When the Ottawa Senators take to the ice tonight to face the Boston Bruins, they will do so without the NHL's leading goal scorer, Milan Michalek.
 
Senators head coach Paul MacLean confirmed on Wednesday that Michalek suffered a concussion during Tuesday's overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres. He is considered day-to-day.

Michalek, who leads the NHL with 19 goals, left with over five minutes remaining in the second period after colliding with teammate Erik Karlsson.

"I read the guy's pass and stepped up and I think [Michalek] was coming full speed to backcheck," Karlsson said. "I was only looking for their guys and not ours and we collided pretty hard there. We were both going forward."

Defenceman Sergei Gonchar missed his second game in a row with an upper-body injury on Tuesday and is day-to-day as Ottawa begins a four-game homestand against the Boston Bruins tonight.

You can watch the game live on TSN, TSN.ca and TSN Mobile TV at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt, and live blog with fans on TSN.ca.

Nick Foligno, who is second on Ottawa in goals with 10 and played in his 300th game last night, had a goal and two assists in the earlier meeting with the Bruins, while Craig Anderson allowed five goals on 41 shots.

Tim Thomas is expected to start in net for the Bruins, who are first in the Northeast Division. The Bruins, who shut out the Kings 3-0 on Tuesday night, will be without defenceman Zdeno Chara, who is expected to miss his team's games this week with a lower-body injury.

Milan Michalek (Photo: Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

TSN's Game Notes

BOS is 1-0-0 vs OTT this season, winning at home

BOS has won 5 straight vs OTT and 6 of past 7, 3-0-0 in OTT in that span

BOS has won 6 straight in OTT, last losing in April 2009 and have won 9 of past 10 in OTT

OTT:
OTT has gone 2-3-2 over their past 7 games, going 2/26 on the PP

OTT has dropped 2 straight at home, allowing 9G

Foligno has 1G, 2A vs BOS this season

Spezza (5) has an assist in 3 straight games

BOS:
BOS has won 2 straight, going 3/9 on the PP

BOS has gone 7-1-0 over their past 8 road games, outscoring their opponent 32-12

Thomas has won 7 straight in OTT with a .952sv%, allowing 1G over past 3 games

Kelly has 1G, 1A vs OTT this season

Marchand has 2G, 1A over the past 2 games

For games notes for all of tonight's games, click here.

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