David Krejci gets last laugh on the Flyers in Game 1
|04.30.11 at 8:21 pm ET|
PHILADELPHIA — Maybe trash talking is all it took for David Krejci to rediscover his playoff mojo. That, and some really bad defense and goaltending.
While the Flyers were playing atrocious defense in front of Brian Boucher, they were also letting their big mouths do some talking, so said the Bruins forward, who got the scoring underway less than two minutes into Game 1 Saturday.
Krejci said the Flyers were reminding him that the last time he was in Philadelphia for a playoff game, he suffered an injury that changed the momentum of the series.
Krejci broke his wrist in Game 3 of the series last year, a game the Bruins won, 4-1. But Boston lost its top center – and momentum – as the Flyers came back to win four straight.
“The guys from the other team, they let me know in the first period about last year,” Krejci said. “But I tried to forget about those things. This is a new year, new season, new series. We have so many new players on our team. Half of the guys didn’t even experience it last year so we didn’t talk about it that much.
“This is a new season and we were just focused for tonight’s game.”
Krejci – who scored twice and added an assist in Saturday’s 7-3 romp over the Flyers- said he wasn’t thrown off by the comments.
“There was yapping back and forth, so they kind of let me know but you have stay focused and I think that’s what we did,” Krejci said.
But certainly the temptation is to think what might have been for all Bruins players, coaches, management, equipment personnel and anyone else who follows the spoked-B. If Krejci doesn’t take that hit at center ice, most believe the Bruins dispatch of the Flyers and it’s the B’s – not Philly – in the Cup finals against Chicago.
Was the thought in Krecji’s head and did it motivate him to come out and have a strong game in the opener?
‘I try not to think about what happened last year but it’s in the back of my head,” Krejci said. “You don’t forget these things that often but I try not to think about it almost at all. It’s hard but I just try to stay focused for the game and my teammates helped me out today.’
The first shot Krejci took – the first shot any Bruin took – resulted in a goal on a shaken Boucher just 1:52 into the game.
‘Well obviously we talked about the goalies and that was our goal to put the pucks on the net, make some traffic, make sure he doesn’t see those shots and I think that’s what happened,” he said. “We just have to keep it going in the second game.
‘I think we scored good goals. I don’t think he played badly. I know we scored some goals but I think all the goals were good goals. We did the right things you know there was some traffic in front of the net. If you want to score in the playoffs, our line was struggling in the first round, we just have to keep paying the price, put our players in front of the net and I think tonight it went our way.’
There was a boatload of criticism directed in Krejci’s direction after the Bruins lost the first two games to Montreal. Now, they’ve won 5-of-6 and their offense seems to be finally clicking, especially his line, with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.
‘Yeah you know as a team if you go through the round that’s a good thing. For me I know I didn’t prove that much but I still thought my line played pretty well. We had so many chances, we just couldn’t burry them and that sometimes happens. The season was a lot of up and down and it was a tough series for us but I think we bounced back and we had a good game today. One game doesn’t make a playoff so we have to keep it going.’