David Krejci’s Playoff Excellence Continuesby Jamie Gatlin August 23, 2020 1 comment
Over the past two weeks, the Boston Bruins have overcome multiple roadblocks to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Between a sluggish Round Robin tournament and Tuukka Rask opting out, it seemed as if the Bruins playoff run could be short-lived. The Bruins were, however, able to overcome those challenges partly due to the play of David Krejci.
Continuing Playoff Excellence
The veteran center came into the postseason with the third-most postseason points in franchise history. He trailed only teammate Patrice Bergeron and the legendary Bobby Orr. After a solid regular season, Krejci has been the Bruins best forward and sparked a dormant offense.
Through nine postseason games this year, Krejci has three goals and six assists. He currently leads the Bruins in playoff points and has five points on the powerplay. Krejci’s line has been one of the Bruins best as Ondrej Kase, Jake DeBrusk, and Krejci have combined for 16 points.
The chemistry of David Krejci, Ondrej Kase and Jake DeBrusk is off the charts.— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) August 18, 2020
DeBrusk with the finish. Wow pic.twitter.com/L0DHEtbr30
The Climb Up the Ranks
Additionally, Krejci has continued to rise in the franchise record books. He now has 112 playoff points. That total ranks second in franchise history. The Bruins center passed Bergeron in Game Five against Carolina and trails only Bobby Orr, who had 161 points in 180 career playoff games. He also has eight game-winning playoff goals, which is the third most in Bruins history.
As the Bruins playoff run continues, Krejci will be a critical piece. He has led the league in points during the playoffs twice in his career. Over the past few weeks, it has seemed like he has once again found that magic. In the final three games of the first round, Boston outscored Carolina 9-5.
During the first round, the Bruins were without David Pastrnak for the majority of the series. Due to his absence, Krejci had to step up and responded by recording eight points in the series. Krejci was rewarded for his efforts when Pastrnak returned as head coach Bruce Cassidy kept him on the Bruins top powerplay unit.
Throughout Krejci’s career, he has thrived in the postseason. In 24 games last year, the former second-round pick had 16 points. He only needs one goal to tie his total from last year. He has already landed 18 shots on net, which is more than half of his total from last year’s playoff run.
Krejci’s play can be tied to his aggressiveness as he is shooting the puck 16.7 percent of the time. This is the time of year when Krejci is at his best and he is already off to a hot start.
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