As the Boston Bruins fell to the Montreal Canadiens once again Saturday night, the Black and Gold now trail their rivals by three points for first place in the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
It wasn’t all bad news for the week for the B’s, though. The team finished 2-1 and Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal with his skate against the New Jersey Devils in his first game donning a Bruins sweater.
But the player that stuck out most this week was David Krejci; and for that he takes home Bruins Daily Player of the Week honors.
Krejci finished the week with one goal and one assist. He is tied with Patrice Bergeron for the team lead in assists with 21 and is second in points with 30 (trailing the injured Bergeron). Here’s a stat that really stands out, though: the B’s are 16-3-4 when Krejci tallies at least one point.
Many anticipated Krejci playing on the same line as Jagr, but that was not the case as Jagr was inserted in with Seguin and Marchand. That did not last as Jagr also saw a lot of ice time with fourth liners Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille in Montreal Saturday night leaving many Bruins fans scratching their heads.
Krejci is a play-maker and has shown it all season long with his soft hands and hockey IQ, but head coach Claude Julien apparently has other ideas.
Krejci had some time to play with Jagr on the Olympic team and admits he is very excited of the new addition.
“He’s a big name especially back home,” Krejci said about Jagr. “I never really thought I would have a chance to play with him on a real team other than a National team so it’s pretty cool and I’m looking forward to it.”
As another shake-up seems inevitable for the Bruins, let’s see if Julien pairs Jagr with Krejci. The duo has 22 goals combined in 2013, so it is certainly worth a shot to see how Krejci’s play-making ability meshes with Jagr’s instinct to drive to the net.
Here is video of Krejci’s week courtesy of NHL VideoCenter