The second-year center stole the puck at the Boston blue line and dashed up ice, but recognized he didn’t have enough speed going for a breakaway, so he slowed to let the play develop. Next thing you know, he feeds Chuck Kobasew, who shoots one off Panthers defenseman Noah Welch and Krejci, heading to the net, taps the puck in.
With so many guys always trying to do things 100 miles per hour, it’s rare to see a play like Krejci’s made in the NHL.
“You don’t think about it. You go every shift up there … you give 100 percent, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
Mostly allergic to comparing his players to other players, past and present, Bruins head coach Claude Julien still connected a line between Krejci and the play he made, and other one-time playmakers.
“He controls the play so well, and he also controls the pace of it too,” Julien said. “And I’ve seen players in the past, that they were extremely good at that. I remember J.F. Sauve from the Nordiques was one of those guys that would make those plays, slow things down, and we’ve got other players. … John Chabot that’s now a coach at the Islanders, too, and they’re gifted with the stick and they find seams.”