"He likes to thrive on big occasions, and there's no doubt that every playoff that he's played in, he's been a good player. And every year, at the end of the year, he's always been a good player."
-- Claude Julien
While the temperature is not expected to rise much until later next week, the NHL schedule already has that April-like feeling, as the Boston Bruins started their stretch of 21 games in 38 days to close the regular season Thursday.
Perhaps the early arrival of postseason atmosphere was what inspired Bruins center David Krejci to open March with a hat trick after he had scored just 2 goals in all of February. After all, since he cracked the NHL Krejci has proven that when the stakes are highest, he's usually at his best.