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Bruins Ready for More From Krejci

11.11.09 at 1:55 pm ET
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Getting past the swine flu maybe the easy part of David Krejci‘€™s week. Now the third-year center needs to get his offensive game back in order.

Krejci returned to lineup in Tuesday’€™s 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh. With him having not been able to skate for five days while recovering from the HINI virus, it was not surprising that his game was slightly off.

‘€œI felt my legs were a little out of shape,’€ Krejci said after getting in some extra skating at the conclusion of practice in Wilmington Wednesday.

Centering a line with Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler on the wings, Krejci logged just over 17 minutes of ice time against the Penguins, generating two shots on goal.

‘€œWe had some good chances, but I didn’€™t feel that great all game. My legs weren’€™t there,’€ Krejci said. ‘€œI was thinking too much. What to do with the puck, it should just be [instinct]. Tomorrow, I’€™ll do everything I can to make it work.’€

It certainly would be a good time for Krejci to jump start his game.

After finishing as the Bruins’ second-leading scorer last season (73 points), Krejci inked a three-year, $11.25 million contract extension this summer. He has just five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 15 games this season.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was quick to stress Wednesday that Krejci needs to raise his game.

‘€œHis game is certainly not where it should be,’€ Julien said. ‘€œThat’€™s up to him to work through it. He’€™s at that stage where he needs to find his game and work through the glitches that he seems to have right now.’€

Added Julien: ‘€œThere’€™s no doubt he’€™s pressing. Sometimes when guys press they don’€™t take the right approach to get themselves out of it. My approach is always to work hard, work through it, things will turn around.’€

For his part, Krejci seems ready to help lead the Bruins offense.

‘€œThat was my plan coming into the season, things didn’€™t go the way I wanted but you have to start somewhere. It’€™s not too late,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™m trying to stay positive about being able to develop my game.’€

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Defenseman Derek Morris was held out of practice after coming down with the flu Tuesday.

‘€œWe just gave him the day off,’€ Julien said.

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