BOSTON, MA --
Like his team, David Krejci
admittedly got off to a slow start through the first ten games of the season. But also just like his team, the centerpicked up his game and returned to the form that helped the Bruins capture a Stanley Cup championship last year.
Krejci put his offensive prowess on display again tonight, as the centerman registered his third consecutive multiple point game and extended his overall point streak to seven games, as he recorded a goal and two assists for Boston in a 9-0 route of the Calgary Flames.
After the game, Krejci admitted he was disappointed with how he began the season, but has felt increasingly more comfortable as the season progressed.
“I had kind of a tough start,” the 25-year-old Czech said. “Since the 10 game marker, I picked my game up [and] even though I don’t get a point sometimes, I feel pretty good about my game.”
In spite of his consistent individual improvement during the season, Krejci points to the chemistry the Bruins have developed for the continued success of the team, which has gone 23-3-1 since the beginning of November.
“We try to play every single game and we tried to play for 60 minutes and tried to dictate, to play it goal by goal and we’ve been pretty good at it so far,” he said.
As the season has worn on, Krejci has noticed an increased maturity level within his teammates. Krejci believes this maturity and overall belief in the team concept has prevented the Bruins from becoming too overconfident.
“Now that we’ve got more experience, the guys are older, we know each other well, we’ve been together pretty much some time now,” Krejci said. “So we know each other pretty well and we know how to deal with situations like if you’re down a goal or if you’re up by a few goals after the second period.”
Krejci’s belief in his team was only bolstered in tonight’s game, which saw seven different Bruins score a goal, including eight goals that had secondary assists involved on the play, Daniel Paille
’s unassisted goal being the only goal that did not include two assists.
After defeating New Jersey and Calgary on back-to-back nights by a combined score of 15-1, the Bruins now look ahead to a Stanley Cup Final rematch with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.
Krejci, who signed a 3-year contract extension with the Bruins in November, insists that the key to victory is more of what got the Bruins this far in the season – belief in each other and the team concept.
“You know this year I like the way the team is playing,” he said, when asked about his next opponent. “We’re not even at the half way point yet so we’ve got to make sure we keep this thing going.”
“We just finished a good game, just enjoy it, have a good sleep and come back to work tomorrow and deal with it tomorrow.”---Brian Smith