Player of the Game: Bruins-Penguins Game 1
Is there anybody else who enjoys playing in the playoffs more than David Krejci?
Krejci got the Bruins off on the right foot Saturday night in Pittsburgh netting two goals to lift the Black and Gold to a 3-0 victory over the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Czech forward leads the league in postseason scoring with 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists). It was his sixth multiple-point game of this postseason and the 18th of his playoff career.
“No. Those guys are maybe the best players in the world, at this moment,” Krejci said when asked if he was on the level of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. “There’s no one like those guys. On the other hand, we don’t have guys like that. We have a team and we play as a team.”
If Krejci is not “like” Crosby or Malkin, he is pretty close especially in the playoffs. We all know of his performance in the team’s Stanley Cup run two years ago and he is doing it again in 2013. He now has 45 points in his last 45 playoff games.
Krejci’s second goal was a thing of beauty. As he battled for a loose puck up in the air in front of Tomas Vokoun, he used his hand eye-coordination to bat the puck into the net on his own rebound to give the B’s some breathing room. That is Bruins hockey at its finest.
Krejci is a plus-11 this post-season and has his line playing great hockey of late. Nathan Horton netted the third goal on the night and leads all NHL players with a plus-17.
No. 46 led the team with seven shots on the night while compiling 19:39 of total ice time.
B’s defenseman Dennis Seidenberg believes Krejci should get the credit he deserves after the years he has put together.
“He’s been doing it for a while now,” Seidenberg said. “I don’t want to say ‘under the radar’ because he has been performing unbelievably over the past few years, but he just does it in a quiet style, I guess.”
He was not quiet on this night though as he added to his league-leading point total during the B’s Cup run.
Krejci described the B’s slow start, but then how the game changed in their favor after his first goal.
“I think they had a pretty good start and they had some good chances,” Krejci said. “We were getting into some troubles. We couldn’t get the puck deep and we couldn’t get the fore check going. After we scored the first goal, it kind of turned around and we started playing in their zone a little more. In the second and third period, we played the way we play.”
Many people could argue Tuukka Rask outperformed David Krejci with his first career post season shutout. But Krejci continues to deliver on a team that had its share of problems offensiely during the regular season.
Krejci continues to find his name on the score sheet and is turning into a superstar whether he likes it or not.