David Krejci

Ranking the Bruins' Top 10 individual playoff performances

Ranking the Bruins' Top 10 individual playoff performances

With six Stanley Cups in their franchise history, the Boston Bruins have enjoyed plenty of epic postseason performances.

Bobby Orr and Tim Thomas are Boston's only members of the Conn Smythe Trophy club since the award only came into existence in the mid-1960s, but there have been plenty of massive playoff performances from the Black and Gold.

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Some of them are an entire body of work in the postseason like the ridiculous 13 goals and 27 points that Phil Esposito put up in 1970 for the Bruins while losing out on the Conn Smythe to No. 4.

Some are individual performances like David Pastrnak’s three-goal, six-point game in 2018  that broke a Wayne Gretzky record for the youngest player to author that kind of a prolific game in the postseason. But all of them are greatness personified as big-time performers stepping up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Click here for the 10 best postseason performances in Boston Bruins franchise history.

2020 NHL season: Bruins-Predators season-opener in Prague postponed

2020 NHL season: Bruins-Predators season-opener in Prague postponed

The Boston Bruins had planned on opening up their 2020-21 NHL regular season overseas against the Nashville Predators in Prague as part of the NHL Global Series, but that plan to visit the Czech Republic has now been postponed.

The Bruins were going to finish their training camp in Europe, play an exhibition game in Germany and then face off against the Preds at the same O2 Arena in Prague where they opened up the 2010-11 Stanley Cup-winning season 10 years prior.

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But the coronavirus outbreak has pushed the completion of the current 2019-20 season into the summer months, if possible at all, and next season will undoubtedly be pushed back at least a few months if that’s the case. With everything in flux currently, the National Hockey League has postponed its entire international slate for 2020 and will instead push those global games into the following hockey season.

That included a Bruins/Predators game in Prague and a Blue Jackets/Avalanche game slated for Helsinki, Finland.

“The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association today announced the postponement of its 2020 international games,” said the NHL and NHLPA in a joint statement. “The NHLPA and the NHL remain committed to maintaining and growing our international presence. We hope that our fans overseas understand the need to postpone the 2020 games, but we look forward to being back with them in 2021.”

At the time of the announcement, both Czech-born Bruins players, David Krejci and David Pastrnak, were pumped to open things up in Prague this fall with Krejci a focal point of the last visit to the Czech Republic 10 years ago.

"I remember driving to O2 Arena as a kid to go see the Bruins play the Coyotes back in 2010 for the NHL Premiere games,” said Pastrnak, back when the B’s season-opener in Europe was announced last November. “The passionate fans and atmosphere were something I'll never forget. I can't wait to feel that energy again from the ice in Prague and Mannheim."

Both Bruins forwards have been running under the assumption for a while that there would be a postponement for the upcoming season given the current circumstances, and the focus now is clearly on figuring out the logistics of finishing this season followed by a reasonably normal NHL regular season next year.

This Date in Bruins History: David Krejci propels B's past Flyers in Game 2 of 2011 Semifinals

This Date in Bruins History: David Krejci propels B's past Flyers in Game 2 of 2011 Semifinals

The Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup run was magical, but it probably never would've happened if the Black and Gold didn't have the services of David Krejci. 

Krejci and linemates Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic were probably the best forwards throughout that postseason. 

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As many Boston sports fans know, the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens in seven games to move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, and that's where the magic really began. In Game 1 against the Flyers, Krejci tallied two goals in a 7-3 win over the Flyers, but Game 2 was where he truly became a playoff hero for the B's.  

One of Krejci's most memorable performances from 2011 came on this date, May 2, when he scored 14 minutes into overtime to propel the B's past the Flyers. This goal caused some confusion on the ice, and the referee behind the net actually said there was no goal scored, but upon further review, Krejci's goal was deemed good and the B's won, 3-2.

As we all know, the Bruins went on to sweep the Flyers and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Krejci ended up tallying four goals in those four games against Philadelphia, and ended the playoffs with 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 25 games. Krejci led the entire playoffs in goals, game-winning goals (four) and points. 

Here are some other notable Bruins games played on this date.

2019: Semifinals: 4-1 win at Blue Jackets
1999: Quarterfinals: 2-0 win vs. Hurricanes
1978: Semifinals: 3-2 win vs. Flyers