Boston, MA -- David Krejci
had media members laughing when they asked him about his first career NHL hat trick. When queried if any of the female members of the audience had graced him with some lingerie a la
Blake Wheeler, who had his first three-goal game on November 6th he just shrugged.
“I wasn’t as popular as Blake, I guess,” he said, deadpan.
Then, asked to explain his prettiest goal of the night, one that saw the puck remain on his stick as if it were glued there and then found itself behind Toronto goalie Vesa Toskala, Krejci was hard pressed for details.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” said the center while wearing a grin. “I had a good screen and Wheeler just hit me, so I just went around the end.
“I just tried to freeze the goalie and finish the job.”
That might be the understatement of the season, as Toskala might still be stuck in place on the Garden ice. But hyperbole aside, and with at least a little credit being given to his wry sense of humor, Krejci is quickly becoming a hit with fans, media members and teammates alike.
Just don’t expect the young center to do cartwheels around the locker room.
In his own mind, perhaps he’s still trying to prove himself as light years removed from the skater who was relegated to the Providence Bruins last season after training camp. However, Bruins head coach Claude Julien declared there’s little chance of that scenario repeating itself.
“I don’t think we’ll be sending him down now,” said Julien with a chuckle.
At the time, however, the trip down I-95 might just have been what the doctor ordered.
“He was a young guy that needed to get some experience in this league,” said the Bruins head coach. “He wasn’t as confident or as determined to play and compete every night the way he does now.
“When he came back he was a different player [and] I thought from the time he came back and to the end of the year he still continued to grow, get better, and be more of an impact player for us; obviously we know what he did in the playoffs and at the end of the year,” he said.
These days, it’s all in a day’s work for the young center, who continues to maintain a very even keel in practice, off the ice and even during big games.
“I don’t know,” said Krejci of his patience and calm. “The guys say I kind of do stuff in slow motion and I think I am doing it fast.
“I guess that is just my game -- it is who I am.”
Maybe that’s why Krejci had trouble remembering his last hat trick (“I would have to go back to juniors, in Canada.”) and maybe that’s why he didn’t have much to say about his latest feat (“It was pretty good.”), but his teammates and head coach were happy to do the talking for him.
“He has a lot of vision, and has creativity,” said Michael Ryder. “I think that is good to have for a linemate. He does that and opens up a lot of space for himself.
“If you give him some room he can certainly score some goals,” Julien gushed. “He’s a nifty player…he’s right there with Phil [Kessel] and Savvy [Marc Savard
“When he’s on the ice he really does some good things. He’s a great player and makes everyone around him good or better.
“Tonight he got a chance to make himself look good as well with three big goals.”
Don’t tell that to David -- he wasn’t trying to make himself look good or bad – he just wanted the win.
“We have four lines that can play,” he said. “But we have to play sixty minutes -- not just fifty-five or fifty-nine -- a full sixty.
“We did not do that today, so that cost us in the second period. We had to come up strong in the third (period).
“But we came back in the third (period) and got two points.”
But what about the hat trick, David?
“Scoring three goals doesn’t happen every night,” he admitted, finally.