The B's sported a new look on Sunday in Washington, DC as David Krejci
took the center spot between Benoit Pouliot
and Jordan Caron
during Boston's 4-1 win over the Caps.
Tonight, the Bruins are expected to employ the same lines, which now include Chris Kelly
centering Milan Lucic
and Rich Peverley
, when they take on the Buffalo Sabres.
"I thought he responded well," said Julien. "When you look at his stats after the game...and what was created [and] when you look at the line in the past, they weren’t even getting any shots on net.
"[On Sunday] I know Caron had about four himself, and David. They were good, I didn’t mind them at all and they did the job and I thought David was good himself.
"It’s just about getting everybody going again and sometimes those changes aren’t bad things."
Krejci was pleased with his performance, but agreed that there was more to it than simple stats.
"I think we play well. We also had fun," he said. "They’re good guys and we had fun on the bench and on the ice. The season’s long, you’re not going to play with your linemates the whole 82 games plus playoffs.
"Once in a while, you have to change things up and this is it for us," added Krejci. "We’re trying to get back on track as a team and I thought we did a pretty good job against Washington so hopefully we can keep everything going."
Asked if he felt if Coach Julien's tinkering with the lines delivered a message, Krejci dumured.
"No, I don’t really want to comment on that," said Krejci. "I’m a professional – I’m going to go out there every day practice, game and I’m going to compete my hardest and that’s all I can control."
And right now, David is working to raise that compete level.
"I felt really good about my game going into the All-Star break," said Krejci. "We had a couple of bad games after the All-Star game but it happens.
"I just have to get back to where I was before the All-Star game and I’ve done it many times before. I’m not worried about anything yet. But I have to look at it in a positive way."
But working to raise the bar is nothing new to Krejci, who said that players can never be satisfied.
"There’s always room to improve," he said. "If you think you’re the best player you can be, than that’s not right.
"You always have to push yourself and every single guy knows it and that’s what we’re trying to do as individuals."