Krejci's 'lucky' goal saves B's with 0.8 left

Krejci's 'lucky' goal saves B's with 0.8 left
October 25, 2013, 2:00 am
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BOSTON - David Krejci certainly doesn’t mind playing the buzzer-beating hero, even if he hadn’t ever experienced it before.

The playmaking center threw a backhanded tip on an Adam McQuaid point shot from his high slot position, and managed to ricochet the puck past Antti Niemi with 0.8 seconds remaining in the third period for a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden.

Krejci called the play “lucky” after the game was over, but it takes a certain level of elite hand/eye coordination and willingness to get into the danger area to make that game-winner happen in the first place.

The game-winning goal capped off a pretty solid evening for Krejci, who won 10-of-14 face-offs while simply trying to survive against a San Jose team that dominated long portions of the game.

“I looked up and I saw .8 [seconds on the clock], so that was pretty cool,” said Krejci. “Usually it happens when you score in overtime, and that’s a pretty special feeling as well. It was maybe even more special against a team like that.”

The center has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) through the team’s first nine games along with a plus-6 rating for the season, and seems to have picked up right where he left during last year’s playoff run. In an interesting twist, both of Krejci’s goals this season have also been game-winners for a player that seems to always rise to the occasion when his hockey club needs him.

Both Krejci and Milan Lucic have 10 points to lead the Bruins this season, and their new linemate has been duly impressed.

“They’ve been great…all the guys have been great. Playing with Looch [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci], like I said, they’re playing awesome this year. They just keep getting better and better and they’re forces,” said Iginla. “I’m getting great chances with them, and you just want to contribute and get rolling with them.”

For the rest of the Bruins, they were just happy Krejci was able to direct McQuaid’s point blast past Niemi, and avoid potentially dragging out an overtime and shootout possibility in the middle of three games in four days.

“Well, that’s your hope. You get pucks to the net, and you never know what could happen,” said Adam McQuaid. “Guys could get a tip, or a rebound, or a screen so he’s a guy that’s…he can get it close to the puck, close to the net. He’s going to do good things [with the puck] and he did in that play.”