Talking Points: Krejci's strong game a bright spot for Bruins
David Krejci had one of his best games of the season, and helped spur a comeback that nearly allowed the Bruins to get themselves a point. He finished with a season-high eight shots on net, scored the game-tying goal on a rebound in front and finished with a goal, two points and a plus-1 rating in 19:26 of ice time. He nearly scored another goal in the second period on a redirection while also camped in front like his actual rebound score, and was consistently paying the price once the Bruins got things going. Krejci, David Backes and Ryan Spooner had 16 of the Bruins 40 shots on net, and were consistently Boston’s best line all through the evening against a heavy duty, physical Columbus bunch.
Adam McQuaid was on the ice for some pretty damaging goals despite his even plus/minus rating when it was all over. He was one of a group of players puck-watching as Matt Calvert followed his own rebound and scored the third goal of the first period for Columbus, and then McQuaid was part of a soft penalty kill defense in the third period that allowed Nick Foligno to walk in and stuff a puck on Tuukka Rask at the post. It was a soft goal by Rask, but it also super soft serve ice cream style PK work at a time when the Bruins needed to tighten up. McQuaid needs to make players pay a price to get to the Boston net, and he flatly didn’t do it in the loss to Columbus. He wasn’t the only one, but his play in front of the net was noticeable.
The Bruins flatly didn’t show up to start the game. They left Scott Hartnell all alone in front of the Boston net for the first goal, the Bruins lost coverage in front on Seth Jones crashing the net for the second goal and then Matt Calvert was allowed to waltz in and bang home his own rebound before the Bruins even broke a sweat. The B’s battled back and ultimately tied the game in the second period, but it felt like the Blue Jackets won it in the third period once they dialed up the intensity again at winning time. It’s just not excusable for the Bruins to continue showing up and playing 10 minutes into a hockey game, or deciding to pack up and stop playing 20 minutes early with third period collapses. The Bruins aren’t in a very good place right now.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves and was excellent once the Bruins made their push in the second half of the first period, and it turned into a pretty competitive hockey game. He stopped a Colin Miller blast from the point that nearly got by him in the second period, and gobbled up a redirection in front from David Krejci as well while stopping 17 of 18 shots in the period. The only goal that got through Bobrovsky was a rebound score from Krejci while jamming away in front after a great testing shot from Ryan Spooner opened things up. It was Bobrovsky’s first career victory against a Bruins team that has routinely tormented him over the years, and he was the single most important player for the Blue Jackets on this night.
BY THE NUMBERS
13 – the number of wins in a row for the Blue Jackets as they continue their sizzling hot streak while getting their first win against the Bruins in three tries this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“After the first 10 minutes we started winning some battles and we were harder on the puck. The first 10 minutes we lost too many battles, and it’s tough to win games when you start down 3-0.” – David Krejci, to reporters in Columbus lamenting the slow start against Columbus that ultimately doomed them in a loss.