RALEIGH, N.C. — The Boston Bruins had an off day Wednesday in South Florida, but they could be busy trying to patch together a lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers.

The Bruins lost three players in Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory against the Hurricanes and were forced to play with four defensemen and 11 forwards. No injuries were specified, but it appeared Jake DeBrusk suffered some sort of upper-body injury when he crashed hard into the boards in the second period. It’s not clear what happened to Zdeno Chara or Torey Krug, but both were seen leaving the X-ray room at PNC Arena. Chara appeared to be walking fine. Krug was moving a little slower but without a pronounced limp.

“All at once it seemed,” Coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game. “Hopefully everyone’s all right. I don’t have any updates. I just got off (the bench) here. Hopefully there’s nothing serious.”

“Obviously we need (Chara and Krug) down the stretch, they’re two really important players, also Jake up front. It definitely wasn’t easy, but it’s definitely a credit to the guys in the room for buckling down and finding a way,” said Matt Grzelcyk.

WILD: Defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss a minimum of four weeks because of a partial tear of his right hamstring, a big blow to a team trying to maintain control of a playoff spot.

Spurgeon was hurt against Colorado Tuesday. Minnesota recalled forward Zack Mitchell and defenseman Ryan Murphy from the AHL, ahead of their game on Friday against Vegas.

Spurgeon has nine goals and 28 assists in 61 games.


MAPLE LEAFS 6, STARS 5: Mitch Marner scored the winner in the shootout to lift Toronto to a victory over Dallas, extending the Maple Leafs’ franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.

Marner beat Kari Lehtonen in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto’s comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period.

James van Riemsdyk had his third career hat trick, and Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs.

Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 20 shots before getting lifted just past the game’s midway point with an upper-body injury.

Curtis McElhinney came on and stopped 13 shots – including two big saves on Jamie Benn during a power play in overtime – the rest of the way to help Toronto improve to 3-2-2 overall since star center Auston Matthews went down with a shoulder injury on Feb. 22.

Tyler Bozak, who also scored in the shootout, and Marner added two assists.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, Benn added a goal and an assist, and Radek Faska, Remi Elie and Brett Ritchie also scored in regulation for Dallas. Lehtonen made 26 stops through overtime.

After the Leafs stormed back with two goals in the third to tie it 4-4, Ritchie took a feed from Seguin and beat McElhinney with 6:42 remaining for his sixth goal of the season.

However, Marleau tied it with 15.3 seconds left in regulation when he tipped home Marner’s shot for his 22nd to send the game to overtime.

RANGERS 4, PENGUINS 3: Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal late in the third period and then got the winner 2:53 into overtime to rally  New York over visiting Pittsburgh.

Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists for his first career four-point night, and Jesper Fast also scored to help the Rangers get their second straight win after a three-game skid. Neal Pionk had three assists and Alexandar Georgiev, making his second consecutive start, finished with 37 saves.