Bruins center David Krejci will be a gametime decision for Game 3
|04.17.17 at 12:11 pm ET|
After three long years away, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are back in Boston. And one of the staples of meaningful springtime hockey in town, Bruins center David Krejci, may join in on the fun as well.
Out of action for the first two games of this series, which comes to TD Garden tied at 1-1, Krejci was a full participant in today’s morning skate and will also take part in the game’s pregame warmup with the hopes that he’s ready to return from his upper-body injury.
“We’ll see how it goes tonight,” Krejci, who took part in Game 1’s pregame skate but was deemed unavailable shortly before puck drop, said when asked if he’s ready to play. “I felt better yesterday, today I felt better than yesterday, so we’ll see how it goes.”
“Krejci will be a gametime decision, he’ll go for warmups,” Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed. “He obviously skated this morning, [he’s] feeling better.”
The 30-year-old Krejci took the first line rushes between a line with Drew Stafford on the left and David Backes on the right, and after playing in all 82 games during the regular season, Krejci has an itch to get back into action.
“It was really disappointing. Playing all 82 games and then you have to miss the first two games of the playoffs, it was definitely disappointing, frustrating, but what can you do?” Krejci, who scored 23 goals and 54 points (both ranked as the third-most among B’s skaters) this season, said. “You gotta work hard to get back at it, I’ve been doing that, and see how it goes tonight.”
Krejci, who has twice led the postseason in scoring in his NHL career, has 29 goals and 77 points in 93 career postseason tilts.