It looked like it was 2011 again the way Bruins center David Krejci played Wednesday night.
And it looked like 2007 again the way Wade Redden played in the Bruins’ 4-1 win against Toronto in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden.
Krejci scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the way to the win. Krejci, who was the leading playoff scorer in the NHL in 2011, struggled in last year’s playoff series with Washington and had a subpar 2013 regular season. He was back in his old form as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 series with the Maple Leafs.
Redden hadn’t scored in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since May 28, 2007 with Ottawa against Anaheim in the Stanley Cup Final. It’s been a long road since then for Redden, who joined the Bruins in a trade last month. That trade paid off with a two-point opening game of this series, and could be a sign Redden will be a key contributor the rest of the way.
The Bruins and Leafs will play Game 2 Saturday at TD Garden. Boston won’t practice Thursday, but is scheduled to hit the ice Friday at Ristuccia Arena.