Talking Points: Krejci has dominant performance vs. Red Wings
David Krejci has been mostly pretty good since the coaching change, but he was 2011 and 2013 playoffs-level dominant against the Red Wings on Wednesday night. He finished with a pair of goals scored early in the game, three points and a plus-4 rating in 18:11 of ice time, and showed a different gear to his skating game when he blew past Danny DeKeyser for the first score of the night. That hasn’t been there for much of Krejci’s season after offseason hip surgery, but it’s coming back in a big way now. Krejci also finished with three shots on net and seven shot attempts and 8-of-13 face-off wins in an extremely high quality performance.
It was a tough night for rookie goalie Jared Coreau, who has been shaky for the Red Wings even before the bottom dropped out in the first period for him. He allowed three goals on eight shots in the first period before getting yanked from the game in favor of Petr Mrazek. He couldn’t make a one-on-one save against either David Krejci or Brad Marchand before Drew Stafford punched one past him on the short side. Coreau got off to a good start this season, but he had a 3.27 goals against average and .893 save percentage headed into the game so the wheels are clearly coming off the first year goaltender bus a little bit.
The Bruins put this out of sight early in the game when they scored twice within a 61-second span in the first period to carve out a two-goal lead against a Detroit team ready to quit playing on the second night of a back-to-back. The Krejci goal was pure hustle getting behind the defense and shaking off some early shakiness with the puck from the entire team, and the Marchand breakaway score from a nifty, arcing David Pastrnak pass really put the shock and awe in the Black and Gold attack. It was part of a four goal, 15 shots on net onslaught from the Bruins in the first period to put Detroit out of their misery early.
Brad Marchand scored a couple more goals on Wednesday night and now has 13 goals and 23 points in his last 15 games while pushing up toward the NHL leaders in goals and points, a territory that’s a little foreign for Bruins players. Marchand’s 32 goals have him tied for second in the NHL behind Sidney Crosby, and his 70 points have him tied with Sid the Kid for second behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid. That’s some lofty company for Marchand on a career-high with 70 points and potentially with a chance to surpass his career-high with 37 goals that he set last year. Both of his goals were a bit of the breakaway variety and Marchand had three shots on net and five shot attempts to go along with it in 18:26 of ice time.
BY THE NUMBERS
70 – the team-leading number of points for Brad Marchand, who is the first Bruins player to hit that total since Marc Savard did it on his way to 88 points in the 2008-09 season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I want them to feel that way…that when they go out there, they can win every night. We’ve talked about playing to our standard and when we do, we feel like we can beat any team in the league. So I don’t want the guys to be cocky, but I do want them to be confident. You have to be.” – Bruce Cassidy talking about going 9-3-0 in his first 12 games as coach of the Bruins, and whether that surprised him at all.