WILMINGTON, Mass. — As they prepare for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes now have something added to their scouting report on David Krejci: a between the legs pass that would make “Magic” Johnson envious.
Krejci unveiled his fancy feed early in last night’s Game 6, as it set up Steve Montador for the goal that put the Bruins ahead, 2-0. They went on to win, 4-2, to force tomorrow’s do-or-die contest.
“I didn’t have the room to get a shot or something. So I tried to do the best thing I could,” Krejci said today after the Bruins’ off-ice workout at Ristuccia Arena. “And I tried to get the puck to Monty. He had the room in front of him and he made a good shot. (Byron) Bitz was in front of the net screening the goalie.”
Krejci called the pass “nothing” hard. But if you watch the video below (about 50 seconds in), you can see that he had a Carolina player coming at him and had to get rid of the puck quick and with accuracy.
“I tried to protect the puck with my left foot so (the Carolina player) couldn’t get it. And I just tried to put it on the Monty’s stick. Everything worked out,” he said.
Montador was grateful Krejci made the play.
“I didn’t think he was going to do it like that, though I know he can do that. I was thinking maybe a backhander around,” said Montador, whose goal was his first of the postseason. “But their player was coming so quickly with his stick that (Krejci) did the exact play he needed. He’s not flashy, but he’s certainly very skilled. It’s little things like that … if he doesn’t make that play, that’s not a goal.”
As for the risk vs. reward factor, head coach Claude Julien said even in retrospect he gave that pass a thumbs up.
“I didn’t think it was a high-risk play. If it was, I think it would’ve been a little different,” said the coach. “David’s one of those guys that’s capable of making those plays. I guess at the time it was the right play to make because he knew there was five guys in front of him, there was nobody behind him that was going to cut it off. I thought it was a great play.”
There have been a lot of nicknames for Krejci thrown around by a certain NESN play-by-play man this season, but to me the simplest and most appropriate would just be “Magic.”