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Analyst compares Krejci to Datsyuk

5/13/2011

BOSTON -- During the Versus television broadcast of Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, analyst Pierre McGuire compared Boston Bruins forward David Krejci to Red Wings veteran and superstar Pavel Datsyuk.

After the Bruins’ practice on Friday at TD Garden, Krejci, 25, was asked whether he watched the game and heard the comparison.

“The guys told me, but I didn’t hear it,” he said. “I don’t know what to say. Obviously [I’m flattered] but he’s a little different player than I am. He’s got great hands. I don’t think there’s another player like him. He’s one of the best players with his skills. He’s unbelievable and fun to watch. There’s no one like him and there never will be.”

The Red Wings lost that series to the Sharks. San Jose advances to face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference finals. The Bruins swept their second-round opponent the Philadelphia Flyers and begin the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night (8 p.m.) at TD Garden.

When asked to compare his game to that of Datsyuk, Krejci took an interesting approach.

“My game to his? I don’t know. I don’t really care,” Krejci responded. “He’s done. It’s not just about skill players and about star players. You’ve got to have a good team and I think that’s what we have here. We have a better team than [Detroit] and we’re in the third round and have a chance to go to the Stanley Cup finals. [Detroit] is done and that’s the difference between him and I right now.”