Talking Points: Bruins' new-look David Krejci line pays off late in 3-2 win over Vegas

Talking Points: Bruins' new-look David Krejci line pays off late in 3-2 win over Vegas

GOLD STAR: David Krejci missed a couple of games with an upper-body injury, but made sure he returned for this final game ahead of the 10-day break for All-Star weekend and the bye week. And Krejci was a difference-maker. He scored the game-winner in the third period when he popped in a rebound of a Brandon Carlo point shot. 

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Krejci finished with a goal and two points along with a plus-1 rating with 18:04 of ice time, one shot on net, one takeaway and one blocked shots along with 6 of 12 face-off wins while centering Danton Heinen and Karson Kuhlman on a new-look line. It remains to be seen how the forward groups will be divided up when the Bruins come back from break, but things worked out pretty well in the 3-2 victory over Vegas on Tuesday night.

BLACK EYE: The Bruins won the game, but did it in spite of a power play that struggled mightily. 

The B's man-advantage went 0-for-5 on the power play against a Vegas team that’s stepped up its aggressiveness on the penalty kill. Boston managed just three shots on net in all that time on the man-advantage. 

They still won in spite of it all, obviously, but the B’s special teams were lousy with a powerless power play and a penalty kill that allowed a PP goal to the Golden Knights. 

Now, the Bruins' power play gets 10 days to re-energize and perhaps figure out a few new tricks.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins trailed 2-1 headed into the third period and it didn’t appear it was going to be their night. Still, they managed to summon a little extra effort in that final 20 minutes, outshot Vegas 14-13 and scored a pair of goals to win in regulation rather than risk another overtime or shootout loss.

It was Jake DeBrusk who scored on a left-wing rush to tie things up in the third and then Krejci who won it in the final few minutes before the Golden Knights got desperate by pulling their goalie. It was certainly a different tack for the B’s in this one. Rather than blowing a lead as they’d done a few times over the past couple of weeks, they rallied in the third to win it. 

HONORABLE MENTION: Good job by Jeremy Lauzon to step up and fill in at a time when the Bruins needed a little more physical thump. Even better, Lauzon managed to score his second career NHL goal on a deep point shot that traveled through a few Vegas bodies on its way to the net for Boston’s first score. 

Lauzon finished with the goal along with a plus-2 rating, two shot attempts, four registered hits and a blocked shot in 15:38 of ice time while also filling a lead role on the penalty kill. Considering it was Lauzon’s first NHL appearance of the season, it was very good with the physical, gritty play that could lead to more looks this season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 22:53 – the Bruins leading ice time player was Brad Marchand among forwards and defensemen in a game that featured plenty of special-teams situations.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We did some good things [in] this first stretch. Enjoy yourself and get away wherever you’re going, mentally cleanse. But understand that [when] we get back, we get at it pretty quick.” –Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on his message to his Bruins players headed into the 10-day break.

NHL Highlights: Bruins hit the break on a high with comeback 3-2 win over Knights

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NHL Highlights: Bruins hit the break on a high with comeback 3-2 win over Knights

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Golden Knights 2

IN BRIEF: David Krejci's goal with 7:42 left in the game lifted the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights as Boston rallied from a third-period deficit and headed to the All-Star break on a high note with a come-from-behind victory at home. BOX SCORE 

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BRUINS RECORD: 29-10-12, 70 points (1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

MARK STONE GETS VEGAS ON BOARD EARLY:

ONE GAME, ONE GOAL FOR JEREMY LAUZON:

NICHOLAS HAGUE MAKES IT 2-1 ON 2ND-PERIOD PP:

DEBRUSK PICKS A CORNER TO TIE IT IN 3RD:

KREJCI-ON-THE SPOT, B'S TAKE THEIR FIRST LEAD:

UP NEXT:
All-Star break
(All-Star Weekend at St. Louis, skills competition, Friday, 7 p.m., NBCSN; All-Star Game, Saturday, 7 p.m., NBC)

Bruins resume: 
@Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., NESN
@Minnesota Wild, Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., NESN

David Krejci a 'game-time decision' for Bruins after missing last two games

David Krejci a 'game-time decision' for Bruins after missing last two games

BRIGHTON, Mass. — David Krejci has missed the last couple of games with an upper body injury believed to be a back issue, but he may return on Tuesday night ahead of a long NHL All-Star break and bye week for the Boston Bruins.

Krejci made it through Tuesday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena after skating with a no-contact sweater on Monday, and said he was feeling a lot better headed into tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights at TD Garden.

Bruce Cassidy termed Krejci “a game-time decision” after missing the last week of action following the injury suffered in last week’s loss to Columbus on the road.

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It may come down to whether it would be of greater benefit for Krejci to maximize the rest he’s giving himself by taking the full 17 days in between the game he last played and when things start up again in Winnipeg on Friday, Jan. 31.

“I felt good yesterday and I felt good today. I’m pretty happy about that. I’ve got to talk to the [medical staff] and see what’s best” said Krejci. “[The break] couldn’t come at a better time and I’m looking forward to it. But obviously there’s one more game tonight and we’ve got to get that done.

“Obviously I want to play as soon as I can play. The break is for sure going to help, so we’ll see how the conversation [about playing tonight] is going to go.”

Certainly the Bruins could use all hands on deck on Tuesday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning just six points behind the B’s in the Atlantic Division, and a streaking Florida Panthers team also closing to within 10 points in recent days.

In other lineup news, rookie Jeremy Lauzon will be inserted into the lineup in place of John Moore on Boston’s bottom defense pairing given some of the bottom pair struggles as of late. The Bruins will also postpone tonight’s celebration of Jaroslav Halak getting to his 500th career NHL games so as not to distract the backup netminder from his start against the Golden Knights.

Here is the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings against the Golden Knights based on morning skate:

PROJECTED LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Anders Bjork
Danton Heinen Charlie Coyle Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom Sean Kuraly Chris Wagner

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Jeremy Lauzon

STARTING GOALIE

Jaroslav Halak