The impact may not have been immediate, but the Bruins were certainly fired up after seeing one of their own leave another game against the Senators due to injury.
Not only were they upset that Chris Wideman didn’t get called – on another night of questionable officiating, at best – for his knee on knee hit on David Krejci, but they didn’t like the aftermath of the collision either.
At that point, they had heard enough of Wideman and the rest of the Senators chirping at Krejci as he went down the tunnel with a little bit of assistance from the trainer in Game 5.
“I think the hit on Krejci, and when they started chirping Krech I think that rankled them a little bit,” Bruce Cassidy told reporters following the Bruins’ 3-2 double overtime win in Ottawa. “You know, it’s one thing to play hard, but it’s another thing…here’s a veteran guy and a proven performer and a young guy starts lipping him. I think that really got to our guys, to be honest with you, and it sort of turned the temperature up in the game from there on.”
Less than 24 hours have passed since the Bruins’ Game 5 double overtime victory in Ottawa. Still, the Bruins are a little upset over Wideman’s knee on knee hit and the words he said to Krejci – whatever they were – following the hit.
“Right after [the hit], Wideman chirped him right away,” Brad Marchand said during Saturday’s media availability at Warrior Ice Arena. “It’s just pretty classless to do something like that when you know you hurt a guy on the ice. Krech is a pretty tough player and he’ll play through just about anything. But I guess it’s just part of the game. It happens a lot out there.”
“To be honest with you, I didn’t see [the hit] but we heard some words coming away about it from their team, and that’s never a good thing,” Kevan Miller said a day after notching 33:59 of ice time. “So I think we kind of came together as a team and as a group and rallied together. It’s tough to see Krech out, he just can’t get a break right now, but hopefully, he’s alright.”
Perhaps some more fuel to the fire as the Bruins face another must-win contest in Game 6 in front of 17,565 at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon. And perhaps the fans in attendance will give Wideman the same treatment they’re giving Dion Phaneuf by booing him every he touches the puck.
The Bruins, however, may be without Krejci for the third time in the series. The Bruins assistant captain is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
“It’s tough. Krech is a huge part of our team. It was great to see him back in the lineup for a bit,” Marchand said. “You kind of see a questionable play happen on that, so I don’t know the situation. But hopefully, he’s okay.”
The Hub is also hoping that Krejci’s injury isn’t serious enough to keep him out of the lineup in Game 6. Otherwise, Cassidy will have a tough decision to make on who replaces him – on a list that includes Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey – in the lineup.