WILMINGTON, Mass. — If David Krejci’s words just magically turn to results, the Bruins will head to Montreal tied in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series after tomorrow’s Game 2 against the Canadiens.
The veteran center was so confident after practice today, he all but guaranteed a victory.
“Obviously, we want to win. We have to win. And we will win,” he said after a 30-minute practice in preparation for Game 2 tomorrow at TD Garden.
“We don’t want to go Montreal with a 2-0 [deficit],” he continued. “That would be tough. But I’m very confident in our team.”
Now the Bruins’ Ristuccia Arena practice facility isn’t exactly Miami, where Joe Namath once guaranteed victory before Super Bowl III. And Krejci’s Czech accent and hushed voice aren’t quite up to Namath’s southern drawl and bravado. But Krejci’s at least showing he’s growing into the type of leader the Bruins projected he’d be now in his third full NHL season.
He wants to win Game 2 and won’t accept anything less.
“[The mood’s] good. It’s a long series,” said Krejci. “We lost one game, it happens. We lost the first game against Buffalo last year too and then we came back. It’s just one game. If we win tomorrow, it’s a tied series. We talked about it’s going to be a long series. It’s going to go maybe seven games. So we’re ready for it and we have to turn the page on what happened yesterday and start a new chapter tomorrow.”