Bruins hope 'mojo' starts flowing for Krejci after first goal

Bruins hope 'mojo' starts flowing for Krejci after first goal

BOSTON – It might have taken a few more games than was comfortable for both player and hockey club, but David Krejci is finally starting to do some damage offensively. The playmaking center scored his first goal of the 2016-17 season on a second period power play point bomb to extend Boston’s lead, and eventually push the Bruins to a solid 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. 

The goal lifted the proverbial offensive monkey off Krejci’s back, and ended what’s been a frustrating stretch of 10 plus games to open a new season coming off hip surgery. Rock-bottom for No. 46 might have been the minus-3 he was saddled with in the loss to the Rangers last weekend, but Monday’s tilt was filled with redemption for a player looking to get on a hot streak after a sluggish beginning. 


A confident Krejci is also an effective Krejci, and that’s where the Czech center is trending after finally starting to find his game, and that’s why the B’s offense should be on the rise as well. 

“It’s always nice to get the first one. I felt like I was very close the last few games. But yeah, the first one is sometimes a really tough one, especially after so many games like that. It was good to see it go in and hopefully many more [are to come],” said Krejci, who has a goal and five points in 12 games this season. “After a few games when you don’t score, you start squeezing your stick and every time you have a good scoring chance and you don’t put it in the net, you get a little frustrated. So it was nice to get the first one. Hopefully I can build a little more confidence and help the team with offense.”

It was clearly more than the power play goal, however, with Krejci posting a team-high five shots on net, and producing 10 shot attempts overall in 19:30 of ice time while centering a dangerous second line that pounded the Sabres with puck possession. Krejci couldn’t hit pay dirt during 5-on-5 play with David Backes and Ryan Spooner, but they produced a number of chances that kept the pressure on Robin Lehner and the Sabres defense. 

Instead the hope is that Krejci is in the beginning stages of one of his patented hot streaks, and that he’ll finally be able to provide the offensive support behind Boston’s top line that’s been conspicuously missing all season. 

“It was his first goal of the season. When you’re known for being a guy who can produce and get points, it’s nice to get that one in game No. 12,” said Claude Julien. “So hopefully he can build on that and he can gain some confidence or whatever – some mojo, whatever is needed to continue to help us out in that way. When he’s on his game, he’s one of the most dangerous players on our team.”

You know that Julien means business when he starts talking in terms of "mojo" with one of his players. 

Things obviously aren’t totally rosy with Krejci quite yet, however. There’s still the matter of a minus-7 rating for a player that’s much better than that at his best, and one that hasn’t enjoyed a stable situation with his wingers to start the season. The expectation is that Krejci will get things locked in with Backes and Spooner now that they’re both healthy and present on his line, and able to generate the cycling, play-making chemistry that he looks for with his wingers. 

Once that all starts happening then the sky is the limit for Krejci and his two high-powered linemates as they attempt to provide some second line, supplemental offense for the Bruins. 

Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda mourn death of their son

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Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda mourn death of their son

The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday that team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda lost their son one month before his due date.


"The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son.

We ask that you respect the family's wishes for privacy during the grieving process."

The couple announced via Instagram in November that they were expecting, and the CBC reports the baby was due in April.

Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke about the tragedy after Ottawa's game vs the Panthers on Tuesday (1:36 mark in video below).

Karlsson, a rumored Bruins target before the trade deadline, received heartfelt condolences from the hockey world on Twitter:

Our thoughts too go out to Erik and Melinda during this incredibly difficult time.


Morning Skate: Best all-time college hockey lineups

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Morning Skate: Best all-time college hockey lineups

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while welcoming in spring with open arms.


*Interesting exercise from ESPN putting together the best all-time lineups for a number of college hockey programs. We know about a lot of the powerhouse programs, but UVM could put together a pretty damn good lineup based on the players that have come out of the Catamounts program, including former and current Bruins Tim Thomas and Kevan Miller.


*Jack Eichel scoffs at the notion that his ankle injury should have caused the Sabres star to shut it down for the rest of the season.


*Nice work by Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni to put together a Star Wars jersey again this season for the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins.


*Rob Rossi has got some major issues with ESPN the Magazine omitting Sidney Crosby from their Most Dominant Athletes of the last 20 years list. Yeah, I’d say that doesn’t make any sense. Not that anybody really cares about ESPN the Magazine or anything.


*Strange times with the CWHL as Cassie Campbell Pascal has resigned from her role as a CWHL Governor ahead of the league’s marquee weekend.


*The Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury are both tied together in their rise toward the top of the NHL this season.


*For something completely different: Never before has a mustache been talked about as much as the CGI mustache for Henry Cavill in Justice League, and now it’s gone forever.