BOSTON – It was do or die for the B’s in last night’s Game 6 against Vancouver, and just when they needed someone to step up and put the game completely out of reach for the Canucks, David Krejci answered the call.
|Patrice Bergeron, left, congratulates Krejci, right, on his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
The Bruins potent point-producer scored Boston’s fifth goal last night, putting the victory solely in the B’s hands. Krejci took a cross-crease pass from Michael Ryder, and wristed the back door shot behind Vancouver’s second-string goaltender Cory Schneider.
“It was a must-win. We came here, and it didn’t feel like the last game of the season. It didn’t feel like this is it, you know?” Krejci said after the game.
Clearly, Krejci and the rest of the Bruins had no intention of falling to the Canucks last night and watching their new rivals raise the Cup in their barn.
Boston got things started with a four-goal first period and never looked back. The Bruins netted those four goals in a 4:14 span, and chased Canuck starting netminder Roberto Luongo from the game after just three goals.
“It was really important for us to get the first one. It was a must-win for us. You go and get the first goal, and then the crowd gets into it, we’ll feed off their energy, and I think that’s what happened,” Krejci said after the game.
Perhaps what also helped the Bruins get into the game early was the Garden HDX showing of Nathan Horton during the first television timeout. The injured Bruins forward, a good friend and linemate of Krejci, made his appearance on the center ice scoreboard waving gold rally towels. The crowd was lifted to their feet and the Bruins to victory.
“He got a little emotional. I saw him, he was a little touched. It was good to see,” said Krejci. “We did it for him, and we have to do that again.”
Doing "that again" is exactly what the Bruins have to do on Wednesday night, but traveling to Vancouver and playing on visiting ice where they’ve only scored two goals in three games, isn’t going to be an easy task.
“Each team’s got wins at their homes, on home ice, so we’re going to go there and we have to play the same way as we do at home,” the center said.
“Try to get the first goal and go from there.”
It sounds easy enough, but considering the Bruins were a better road team throughout the entire season and the tables have turned in this Final series, it’s important for the B’s to play a simple, smart road game while still maintaining the energy and physicality that has become their identity.
“It’s going to be brought up, but it’s game seven,” Krejci said of their recent road woes. “You never know what can happen.”
Krejci often holds to key to the B’s victory. He centers the top line, produces valuable points on offense, kills penalties and keeps the power play in line. And for tomorrow night’s Game 7, Krejci is sharing his prediction.
“I do like [our chances]. We are going there to win the game,” he said.
“We’re on our toes, and we’re going to try to get the first goal and if we do that, then I like our chances.”
For the native of Sternberk, Czech Republic who spent his childhood playing this scenario out in his head, tomorrow night, all his dreams could come true.
“I know we’re going to go out there, play our hearts out, put our heart on the line, and go after them. Go for something you dream as a kid.
“It’s so close.”