Boston, MA –
Back in Boston and back to practice after his Olympic debut, David Krejci
was disappointed with how things turned out for him and his Czech Republic team.
But he was the only one.
With his Czechs wrapping things up in the seventh slot, Krejci finished the tournament with two goals, one assist and a +2 rating.
“It was awesome, it was really cool and something I’ll never forget that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s too bad we couldn’t get a medal.
“That’s why we went there and we couldn’t get it, so it was a disappointment.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien made sure to point out how well the young forward represented his home country on the Canadian ice.
“I’ve talked about David and how his game was pretty good for the Czech team,” Julien said. “It’s unfortunate, they were hoping to get that medal, but again I think there’s a lot of good things that have happened with our players that hopefully should carry into our games.”
Despite his love for the Olympics, Krejci said watching Sunday’s Canada/USA gold medal thriller was too much for him to bear.
“I couldn’t watch it,” the 23-year-old said. “I just watched the overtime and that was it. It’s tough.
“It’s something I dream about and I wanted a medal and it hurts every time I heard about the Olympics. I just couldn’t watch it.”
Julien added that the specific strengths of Krejci’s Olympic game should help the B’s March forward with the 22 games that remain on the season.
“He just played with confidence,” Julien said. “I think he moved his feet, he made the right plays, he was playing with lots of confidence and we’ve seen that from him here.
“You just hope he carries that back to our team and helps us here down the stretch.”
Krejci said that despite missing a medal, he felt his performance was strong. He also hopes to carry his Olympic momentum into his NHL game.
“I was on the top of my game in the Olympics and I want to continue that through the rest of the year,” he said. “I just have to go up there and be myself and skate my best. I’m in good shape and I felt pretty good.
“Nothing should stop me.”