BostonBruins.com – Bruins forward David Krejci knows it’s not fun when his team has as many injuries as it does right now.
But that’s something that’s out of his control, and he said it’s most important that his teammates do their job on the ice, rather than worry about the short bench.
Krejci displayed that attitude Sunday when he netted a pair of goals in an attempt to help his team come back from a 3-0 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“You got to think about your job, what you have to do on the ice and that’s all you can control,” Krejci said. “It’s a tough situation when you see one of your teammates go down and leave the bench, but you got to battle through it. We were down last game, but I thought we were working hard and wanted to come back. We came up short, but it happens.”
However, when the Bruins face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning (31-30-7), Krejci said there’s no more room to come up short.
“You got to go out there [today] and play as hard as we can and play to win,” Krejci said. "With a little luck, you never know what’s going to happen.
“It’s a really exciting time right now – every game is really important. We play it just like a playoff game, so it should be fun.”
If the Bruins (40-25-3) can’t get past the Lightning tonight, the Ottawa Senators can tie for the Northeast division lead with a win over the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow.
“Right now everybody is looking at the standings and we know what’s going on – we know Ottawa’s right behind us,” Krejci said. “So, we got to start winning some games – [there’s] no time to be worrying.
"Just win some games and keep our opposition [low] in the standings.”
With the number of injuries mounting up at the same time for the Bruins, it’s tough to differentiate if it’s just bad luck or a sign of fatigue.
According to Krejci, it’s neither.
“It’s not bad luck,” Krejci said. “Sometimes you pay the price to help your team win the game, and things happen.”
But even with the various holes in the lineup, Krejci believes in the team that will take the ice tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
“I still believe in the team we have right now, we can win some games,” he said. “We got to believe it, and play to win – that’s the most important thing. You can’t just go out there and play the game, you got to play the win.”