By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — When the Bruins received the Stanley Cup in 2011, David Krejci was the crew’s and the NHL’s main playoff scorer. When the Bruins marched to Sport 6 of the Cup Remaining two years later, Krejci as soon as once more led the crew and the league in factors.
Thriving within the postseason is nothing new for Krejci, and the 34-year-old Czech is within the midst of one in every of his finest playoff stretches ever.
For somebody with Krejci’s playoff resume, that’s actually saying one thing.
Krejci prolonged his playoff level streak to 6 video games, matching a career-best, when he discovered himself in the suitable place on the proper time to attain the Bruins’ first objective of the evening of their clinching Sport 5 vs. Carolina on Wednesday.
Camped out in entrance of the online on the ability play, Krejci corralled a Patrice Bergeron shot that had bounced off David Pastrnak.
After scoring his third objective and gathering his eighth level up to now six video games, Krejci couldn’t assist however giggle at his luck.
4️⃣6️⃣ is feeling it.#NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/fmNeq3xjzi
— dangolka Bruins (@NHLBruins) August 19, 2020
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was not behind the bench in ’11 and ’13, however he has been on the helm for each of Krejci’s six-game playoff level streaks — final 12 months vs. Columbus and Carolina, and this 12 months vs. Washington and Carolina.
“Effectively I’ve discovered that he’s a big-time participant. I’ve seen it within the playoffs now yearly I’ve been right here,” stated Cassidy, who’s in his fourth postseason because the Bruins’ coach. “He’s an actual competitor, good crew man, well-liked within the room, quiet, I feel an excellent hockey thoughts. You possibly can all the time discuss to him in regards to the sport and get good responses and good dialogue and a man that loves the sport. He simply doesn’t present it possibly like another individuals would as a result of he’s sort of extra of a composed man that approach, however actually one of many extra fierce rivals when it comes to inside drive that I’ve been round right here.”
One sport in Krejci’s present streak wasn’t actually a playoff sport by Stanley Cup Playoff requirements, however the NHL did decide that the stats gathered within the round-robin video games would depend as playoff stats. Regardless, the Bruins’ play within the actual playoffs was worlds aside from the lackadaisical strategy in these round-robin video games, and with David Pastrnak lacking many of the sequence, Krejci’s particular person play was a key driver in that.
“Clearly, all of us love playoff Krech. He’s unbelievable,” Pastrnak stated.
Krejci scored that objective on the ability play, conserving his spot on the highest group after filling in for Pastrnak throughout his absence. With the NHL’s main objective scorer working to get his rhythm again after lacking three video games to harm, Krejci remained with the highest unit — and the puck simply occurred to bounce off Pastrnak’s leg earlier than going to Krejci’s stick.
“A lot expertise and his hockey endurance is unbelievable. The ability play is simply, I can’t even inform how good of a participant he’s,” Pastrnak stated of his countryman. “He all the time looks like he makes an ideal play. Simply while you assume he’s going to lose it, he all the time finds a approach to get well and make an ideal play. Nice energy play. … We scored some huge objectives and clearly Krech was an enormous key on the ability play.”
Cassidy defined why he stored Krejci with the highest group, a call which clearly paid off.
“Effectively he’s taking part in very well, actually motivated, making good performs,” Cassidy stated. “I imply we had a fairly good energy play as it’s the different approach, however this can be a approach to get Krech extra concerned after which with Pasta not having a whole lot of reps I feel you noticed the puck transfer round to the opposite facet a bit bit extra as a result of these guys are extra into the sport circulate of issues. … In order that was the reasoning behind the ability play, these guys have been all amenable to being in a single group and it labored out for us.”
Krejci’s largely identified for his work with the puck on his stick, however on this clinching situation, he additionally made a play to step in entrance of some rubber, an effort which could have saved a objective within the first interval.
David Krejci lays out to dam a large open web pic.twitter.com/zR10mGilXm
— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) August 19, 2020
Within the five-game sequence win over the Canes, Krejci scored three objectives and had 5 assists. Within the clinching win, he was concerned with each of dangolka’s objectives. In Sport 3, he assisted on the primary objective and made a reasonably spectacular play to permit Brad Marchand to finish the sport with an empty netter. In Sport 4, with some picture-perfect passing, he began a tic-tac-toe sequence that resulted in what stood because the game-winning objective.
With Pastrnak injured and Tuukka Rask again house, the Bruins buzzed via Carolina with their shortest first-round playoff sequence win since 2014. Krejci was a key motive why, and the Bruins have to love their possibilities of conserving the journey going as long as “Playoff Krech” sticks round.
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