Last spring, before being lost to injury in Game 3 of the Bruins series against Philadelphia, B's center David Krejci
had a 4-4-8 line in nine playoff games and was, by consensus, one of the most dangerous players on the ice for the Black & Gold.
This season, a healthy Krejci, tied for the team lead in points with linemate Milan Lucic
, had his second highest point total of his career off a 13-49-62 line and comes into the 2011 postseason looking to again be a force as the B's work toward Stanley Cup number six.
"Obviously, I want to keep playing the way I was playing, especially the second half of the year this year and last year in the playoffs," said the Czech-born Krejci of his return to postseason ice.
"It’s not easy, but we have a good team this year and we have good depth, so it should help each guy on the ice.
"So, hopefully I can bring my 'A' game and help us win some games," he said.
Krejci, who scored the series-clinching goal in game four of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals vs. Montreal on April 22, 2009 in a 4-1 Bruins win, said that springtime hockey is his driving force.
"It’s an exciting time," said the forward, who has six career multiple point playoff contests and a 7-14-21 docket in 27 postseason games.
"The season is behind us and now every game counts, it matters.
"So, you wake up and you know what’s ahead of you and you get excited...and that’s a good thing," he added. "As long as the guys are excited for the playoffs then you’re going to have fun in the room and we will be ready to go."
Fun was a watchword in the Bruins locker room on Wednesday afternoon, but it sounds as if Krejci and his linemates Lucic and Nathan Horton
have enjoyed their time as a trio for much of the 2010-11 season.
"I’ve said many times on TV or to the media that I think all of us make each other a better hockey player," said Krejci. "Especially these two, they make so much room for myself so I have so much room to play with the puck.
"And then they're just monsters -- I feel like I can do anything on the ice and no one can touch me.
"So, obviously, that helps my game, but it helps their game too. They give me the puck, they make me some room and they get open and I’ll try to get them the puck and they get open and I try to give them the puck. And it’s been working this year so hopefully we can keep it going in the playoffs," he said.
Krejci said that the line's on-ice synergy enhances the first line's game.
"Yeah, I think they’re very good friends off the ice. Luch and Horts, they're the best friends of these guys on the team and I’m pretty good friends with them, too," Krejci explained.
"So yeah, we have lots of fun, not even off the ice, but on the ice, on the bench and at practices, it’s exciting. Especially this time of the year, you can’t be stressed or nervous about the game, you just have to loosen up and throwing jokes in there once in a while helps us.
"It’s fun and it’s a good time."