Saturday, March 27, 2010
Krejci catching fire
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Bruins forward David Krejci is the type of player who improves his game in crucial situations.
With Boston trying to reach the postseason, Krejci has been nothing but solid the last few games. The 23-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another to help the Bruins to a 5-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday at the TD Garden. It was his 13th multi-point game of the season.
Not only can he produce offensively, but Krejci also plays a physical game and is relentless.
“He’s really coming around,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He’s definitely more confident. Things that he was struggling with at times, his feet weren’t always moving and he’s a great stick handler, but if you’re not moving your feet you become an easier target. Right now he’s moving a little bit more. His strengths are really starting to show right now, and obviously it couldn’t be a better time.
With his two points on Saturday, Krejci extended his point streak to three games (two goals, four assists) to give him a total of 13 points in seven of the last nine games.
When he does fall into an offensive drought, he’s been consistent. He’s had three, four-game skids without a point, and one six-game drought.
“I’m doing everything the same,” he said. “At the beginning of the year, I’m not talking about the first few games, but later on I felt like I was playing pretty well. You guys just look at stats, but that’s not what we do here. You’ve got to sacrifice something for the team if you want to win and I thought I played pretty well. You definitely want to put some pucks in the net, but it didn’t go in [earlier in the season]. Lately, it’s going in, but I don’t think I’ve changed my game.”