Injuries and ineffectiveness finally forced Bruins coach Claude Julien to break up the David Krejci’s line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton to start Thursday night’s game.
Krejci started the night with Daniel Paille on his left instead of Lucic and finished with Tyler Seguin skating that wing opposite Horton for the third period. The new combinations failed to pay off as the Bruins came up a goal short, 2-1, to the New York Islanders at TD Garden.
Krejci, Horton and Lucic are the players Boston need more than ever to produce offense with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand out indefinitely with concussions. However, Horton’s point-less, minus-2 game left him at zero points and a minus-4 in the back-to-back against the Islanders and New Jersey.
Lucic fired just one shot on net against the Isles. He followed up his minus-2 in New Jersey with an even night, but also failed to hit the score sheet.
While neither player was available to answer for their misdeeds after the loss to New York, Krejci was more than willing to heap blame on himself after he was a minus-2 with one shot on net and no points. Krejci has just a single assist and is minus-3 in his last five games.
“Maybe our hands are a little tight right now. I know mine are,” he said. “I feel like I can play better. I don’t know what it is but for some reason it feels like there’s no confidence to [make a play] when I’m 1-on-1. You know, we just play it safe and that’s not my game. You’ve got to forget about whatever’s happening and do my thing. That’s why I’m here in this league, that’s what got me in this league. That’s what I’ve got to do. I don’t feel like I’ve been doing that the last two games. I’ve got to go back at it.”
Krejci will get to go back at it Saturday night on the road against Carolina. There’s no telling who’ll be on his wings against the Hurricanes are in any of Boston’s final eight games, but Krejci has to play the way he’s talking about playing rather than just giving a dissertation on what might’ve been.