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Krejci, Bruins Continue to Roll

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Despite handling the Maple Leafs to the tune of three fairly lopsided victories (of 6-2, 7-0, 6-3), the Bruins were determined to remain focused on the task at hand when Toronto visited Boston on Saturday night in TD Garden.

"Well, we want to get up in the standings, you know? And this was a big division game and they were one point behind us so we wanted to stay ahead of them," said Bruins center David Krejci. "And we still have some games in hand. So games like that we have to keep pushing [up] in the standings.

"I think we had a good game tonight."

Some would say that the Bruins -- and Krejci's line especially -- had a very good night.

Krejci and his right wing Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist each and left wing Milan Lucic added two assists.

The trio now has 5-8-13 totals in the last two games as Krejci (1-2-3), Lucic (2-0-2) and Horton (0-2-2) all had a breakout game against the Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday.

"Well even before these two games I think you could see that we were coming, we had chances, we just couldn’t score," said Krejci. "But the last two games we are finding the back of the net more often.
"So we just have to keep doing that."

Early in the game, it looked as if nobody would score.

"It felt a little weird," said Krejci. "It was kind of a slow game.

"But I think we picked it up in the second period and I think we controlled the game from there."

Krejci opened the scoring with his fifth of the season at 4:20.

"It was pretty simple," said the center. "A great play by the way by Horty.

"He found me in the slot, I was wide open. I wanted to go opposite side - the goalie, he challenged me and I kind of knew there was going to be a lot of room.

"But I still had a bit of luck on my side."

Under a minute later, it seemed as if the B's luck had changed as Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski beat Boston's Tuukka Rask at 5:08.

However, three consecutive Bruins goals by Chris Kelly, Johnny Boychuk and Horton salted the game away for Boston, 4-1.

"I have to use these guys when they get open in the slot," explained Krejci of his assist on the Horton goal. "He has a great shot and Horty put the puck in the net.

"Like I said, as a line, we are getting more chances lately and we have been putting the puck in the net and hopefully the luck will stay on our side and we will keep doing what we are doing."

But the schedule doesn't get any easier. A date with the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins is up on Monday.

"Like I said, we want to get up there in the standings and this is a game for first place so it’s going to be a big one," said Krejci, who was asked if the contest would serve as a measuring stick for the Bruins.

"It could be, but we don’t think about it that way," answered Krejci. "We know what we have here in this dressing room and we just want to get up there on Monday and get a win, get first in the conference."
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