Kessel

Kessel

The Boston Bruins today announced five transactions, including one that will end a pretty impressive streak.

Winger Phil Kessel, tied for fourth in the NHL in goals scored with 24, was placed on injured reserve with mononucleosis. Kessel’s streak of 167 consecutive regular-season games played will end when the Bruins take the ice against Montreal at TD Banknorth Garden tomorrow night. That streak dates back to Kessel’s return from his battle with cancer in his rookie season. Of course, he missed three games as a healthy scratch during last season’s playoffs.

In the other moves, the Bruins returned goaltender Kevin Regan and defenseman Matt Lashoff to Providence (AHL) and recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask and center Martin St. Pierre from the P-Bruins on an emergency basis. This means that Manny Fernandez is still a question mark to be available for the Habs game. Fernandez has been out since it was revealed he is suffering from minor injury Saturday.