If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to slow down the hottest forward line in the NHL, it doesn’t appear they’re going to get any help from the injury bug.
David Krejci is supposed to be the Bruins’ No. 1 center.
He’s talked about serving in that role from around the time it looked like Marc Savard might never be the same right through present day. And for long stretches of the last several years, Krejci has been that player.
Center David Krejci famously led the entire NHL in playoff scoring during the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup championship.
But the way things started that postseason, Krejci was nearly a goat instead of a hero in those playoffs.
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.
The Bruins practiced hard Sunday coming of their 2-1 loss in Montreal Saturday night.
Coach Claude Julien continued to change his line combinations after he made a first-period switch against the Habs. But there was still no combination featuring Czech Republic natives David Krejci and Jaromir Jagr.
It took the Bruins more than 40 minutes to wake up and support the yeoman efforts of goaltender Anton Khudobin Sunday night.
When David Krejci and his linemates finally came to life, the center recorded a goal and an assist and the Bruins had a 2-0 win that pulled them back within one point of Montreal for first place in the Northeast Division.
The Bruins suffered the famous double indignity Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
First, fourth-line center Joe Vitale scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 Penguins win — the second win for Pittsburgh over Boston in six days.
The Bruins have done everything short of taking over the capitol building to prove they own Ottawa.
With their 3-2 shootout win against the Senators Monday night, the Bruins ran their winning streak in Canada’s capital to 10 games dating back to April 2009.
Now that his body of work is longer, David Krejci can no longer be called one of those “primetime” playoff performers.
We know that if the Bruins advance beyond the first round, the club’s No. 1 center can turn it up and set the league on fire. But just don’t expect him to light up the scoreboard in the first round.
Fresh off a disappointing three-point performance in the Bruins’ seven-game first-round loss to Washington, center David Krejci is going to try to do a better job for his homeland, the Czech Republic.
As per rosters published on NHL.com, Krejci will be skating for his native country in the upcoming 2012 IIHF World Championship in Finland and Sweden.
BOSTON – A Johnny Boychuk miscue turned into a Nicklas Backstrom goal with just 2:56 elapsed in double overtime as the Washington Capitals beat the Bruins 2-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden.
Backstrom had just lost a faceoff to Patrice Bergeron, when Boychuk fanned on a clearing attempt. Marcus Johansson wound up with the puck below the goal line, and he passed it to Backstrom for the game-winning goal from the left faceoff dot.
BOSTON — David Krejci’s overtime game-winner capped his second NHL hat trick tonight in the Bruins’ 4-3 win over New Jersey at the TD Garden.
However, Boston played the third period without veteran defenseman Andrew Ference.
A great week just got even sweeter for Bruins center David Krejci.
After he recorded five points in two Bruins wins and signed a new three-year contract extension, Krejci probably thought things couldn’t get even better. Well, they just did.
BOSTON — David Krejci has never shied away from pressure.
If anything, as his postseason performance last season during the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup championship proved, he thrives when the stakes are highest.
While the rumor mongers were devising different plots to get David Krejci out of town, the Bruins were working on keeping their No. 1 center in the mix.
Today Boston announced a three-year contract extension with Krejci.