David Krejci scored a game-tying goal for the Bruins with 32.5 seconds left in regulation Saturday against the Penguins to force overtime before the Bruins fell 3-2 after Dustin Jeffrey's second goal of the night 1:52 into the extra frame. Krejci also had an assist Zdeno Chara's second-period goal, as the playmaking center has seemingly returned the form that saw him amass 73 points in the 2008-09 season.
The Bruins made it known that they would be leaning heavily on Krejci to fill the void left by fellow playmaker Marc Savard when Savard was shut down for the season Feb. 7 due to his second major concussion in less than a year. Krejci has delivered and now has 15 points in the 12 games since Feb. 7 and 11 points in his past nine games. His clutch play over that time, and the clutch goal he scored Saturday, isn’t surprising to Bruins coach Claude Julien, but rather proving Julien's and team management’s belief that Krejci could play this way again.
“Well, I mean, this is something that we’ve talked about for a good portion of the year, is that he’s capable of doing that,” Julien said. “I think right now, we’re seeing David Krejci playing the way I think we expect him to play, it’s as simple as that. So if we’re amazed by that, that’s the way David Krejci should play and that’s what we expect out of him. He’s capable of making those plays, he’s capable of seeing the ice well, and his two linemates are playing pretty well, also, so that’s made for a pretty successful line lately.”
But just as the humble Krejci always does, he was more concerned about the play of his team after the loss Saturday. Krejci wasn’t thrilled with how he and his teammates played overall, but liked the gritty effort at the end.
“I don’t think we played our best game,” Krejci said. “I am positive if we played our game, then we would win. We gave them too many shots in the first two periods. That can’t happen. We tied the game and played pretty hard. We had a bad break and they got a lucky one in overtime.
“I mean, we were coming out into the third period and it was an all in,” Krejci said. “We tried to get a goal. We tried to do something. That’s what you need, is your players to step up in those situations. Tonight worked and I think it was a good point for us.”