Playoff hockey once again brings out the best in David Krejci
David Krejci is no stranger to playoff hockey in Boston. Krejci has skated in 60 playoff games in seven seasons for the Bruins and has been nothing short of excellent for the B’s in the postseason. Krejci has been labeled as “inconsistent” at times during his tenure in Boston, but when the lights are bright and playoff hockey is upon us, Krejci is as consistent as they come.
Krejci has lit the lamp 21 times, and chipped in with 29 assists, good for 50 points in those 60 playoff games.
In 2011 Krejci was one the main reasons why the Bruins were able to capture the Stanley Cup as Krejci led the National Hockey League in goals (12) and points (23) in 25 playoff games.
After just three points in last season’s seven-game series loss to the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Krejci bounced back last night with three points—a goal and two assists—in the Bruins 4-1 Game 1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“When David [Krejci] is skating and he’s also, I would say, pretty intense, meaning he’s not afraid to go finish his hits and not afraid to go into the corner and battle for pucks” said Krejci’s bench boss Claude Julien.
“He’s one of those players that fears nothing, he never has. In other words, when he really gets his mindset to compete hard and get involved, he’s a really great player. He’s been pretty good lately, not just tonight, but before that, so I felt that his game was turning the corner as well, getting better. He proved that again tonight.”
Krejci was all over the ice in Game 1, not only did Krejci chip in offensively, but Krejci played as physical of a game as we have seen from No. 46 this season.
When Krejci is on his game it helps everyone around him become better players, Milan Lucic is lucky enough to be one of those guys who benefit from playing on Krejci’s wing.
I think I saw on TV after the game that he has 50 points in 60 playoff games, which is pretty impressive for a guy like him” said Lucic who had two assists in the win. “So, I’m just fortunate that I get an opportunity to play with him and like he said in his interview, we just got to do whatever we can to keep it going.”
It’s no secret that offensively the Bruins struggled throughout the season to score goals, so anytime Krejci can help produce goals, the B’s will take it.
“I’m just trying to go out there, do my best and help the team to win games. As a line, I think we did a good job today. We put the puck in the net” said Krejci who currently leads the league in playoff points. “But in the playoffs, there’s always somebody new to be a hero, so today I feel like we had a good game, but if we want to make a good run, we know that we’re going to need all four lines.”
In 2011 it was the jacket, last season the chain, this year as player of the game; Krejci was seen sporting an Army Rangers jacket. The jacket was customized by the Army Rangers and shows the Bruins and Army Rangers logo on each sleeve.
“They live by a slogan, ‘Rangers Lead the Way. So I think it’s fitting to give this to a player that led the way for us in a game. A lot less important than what [the Rangers] are doing, but for us, it’s important to have guys step up. So they get to wear this for the night” stated Ference.
Ference and the Bruins hope they once again have a chance to hand out the Army Ranger jacket Saturday night when they host the Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
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