Krejci/By S. Bradley

TAMPA — It could’ve been any player on Tampa Bay that Bruins center David Krejci decked in front of the Lightning net after a whistle late in the first period Monday night.

That it was defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, however, was a fortunate turn of circumstance for Krejci.

It was Bergeron that leveled Krejci with a shoulder to the upper body during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, which continues tonight with the Bruins looking for the kill in Game 6 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Krejci was sore after the hit and missed a few shifts. He avoided a more serious injury on the play.

After Lightning goaltender Mike Smith made a glove save late in the opening stanza of the Bruins’ Game 5 victory, Krejci put Bergeron on his rear end in a net-front battle.

“I guess so,” said Krejci when asked after today’s morning skate about potential revenge on Bergeron. “I wasn’t doing much. The puck didn’t really stick on my tape like I wanted to, so I tried to bring other things to my game.

“It just happened it was him. So I guess you can say it was kind of revenge. But it’s not over yet, so …”

That’s right, the Krejci-Bergeron rivalry will continue tonight.