BOSTON — One of David Krejci’s most dramatic goals of the season also put him in some lofty company.
Krejci scored the game-tying goal with 32.5 seconds left today at TD Garden in a game the Bruins eventually lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh in overtime.
It was Krejci’s second point of the night and 50th of the season (in 58 games), which tied him with Patrice Bergeron (who missed the game while attending to a personal matter) atop the Bruins’ scoring charts.
“I tried to get a very quick shot, I tried to pick a corner, and it worked,” said Krejci, who beat Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a wide-open shot from the slot.
The top of the Bruins’ points list is right where he belongs, considering he’s not just the team’s No. 1 center by default — he’s earning it. Krejci has now recorded points in six of his last seven games, which have featured him posting 2-9-11 totals. He also has at least one point in 13 of his last 18 games. His play is more than making up for the loss of Marc Savard for the season.
“Well I mean this is something that we’ve talked about for a good portion of the year, is that he’s capable of doing that,” said head coach Claude Julien, whose team had its winning streak ended at seven. “I think right now we’re seeing David Krejci playing the way I think we expect him to play, it’s as simple as that. So if we’re amazed by that, that’s the way David Krejci should play and that’s what we expect out of him. He’s capable of making those plays, he’s capable of seeing the ice well and his two linemates [Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton] are playing pretty well also so that’s made for a pretty successful line lately.”
Krejci recorded just 52 points in 79 games last season. His career-high of 73 was set the year before. It’s a long shot, but the way he’s playing now, you can’t count out Krejci’s chances of passing that mark over Boston’s final 17 games.