Krejci feeling good, finding range

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Krejci feeling good, finding range

One day after returning to the Bruins lineup, David Krejci said he was feeling the usual day-after soreness but nothing like a re-aggravation of the core issue that sidelined him for three games.

Krejci didnt score any points, but said he had fun skating with Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot. After all, who doesnt have fun when your team posts six goals on the board and once again ruin the Boston return of wayward sniper Phil Kessel.

I felt pretty good," Krejci said. "A little sore this morning, but I was pretty happy. It took me a whole to you know get going. But the thing is as the game was going on I felt better even though I didnt get on the scoresheet. I was good on the draws and I was having fun. It was really fun yesterday. It was good to get back and get a feel.

Krejci was once again skating with the speedy Peverley and the high energy Pouliot during a Friday practice at TD Garden, and he was concentrating on the Saturday night date with the Sharks no matter who is skating on either side of him. Krejci and Peverley in particular could really do some damage together if they can get a true feel for each others game. Just go back and review some of the plays made once Peverley had stepped in for Nathan Horton in the Cup Finals on that top line, and its obvious Krejcis creativity could be bolstered in a big way by Peverleys jets.

I dont know what the lineup is going to look like tomorrow, but we won so Im assuming its going to look the same, said Krejci. We had fun in practice, so Im going to look forward to the game.

Krejci has just a single point and a minus-3 in four games for the Bruins, but he wasnt dwelling on any offensive slow-going for the Bs. Instead he was taking pride in a dominant night in the face-off dot that illustrates just how good Krejci is all phases of the outside from setting up the offensive play.

Krejci took 11-of-17 draws in Thursday nights shellacking of the Maple Leafs, and is winning at more than a 60 percent clip this season in a center-centered forward group for the Black and Gold.

Nothing was bothering me at all. I was winning them and I felt good about that, said Krejci. When youre winning them youre holding on to the puck rather than chasing it. Thats a good thing.

I know my game could be better on the puck, but for my first game back I was pretty about all of it.

With a game under his belt and fun back in the equation, now might be a good time for Krejci to join some of his teammates on the scoring binges theyll attempt to carryover from Kesselmania Part Seven.

Penguins edge Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

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Penguins edge Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

PITTSBURGH - Nick Bonino's main job for the Pittsburgh Penguins is to get to the front of the net and create chaos. The well-bearded forward executed perfectly in his debut in the Stanley Cup Final.

Bonino took a pretty feed from the corner by Kris Letang and beat Martin Jones from in close with 2:33 remaining to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 on Monday night.

Rookies Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary staked Pittsburgh to an early two-goal lead before the Sharks tied it in the second period on goals by Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau. The Penguins responded by upping the pressure in the final period and it paid off with Bonino's fourth goal of the playoffs after he darted to the San Jose net in time to knuckle Letang's pass by Jones for the winner.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Matt Murray finished with 24 saves for Pittsburgh, which began its bid for the fourth title in franchise history by peppering Jones constantly in the first and final periods. Jones made 38 stops but couldn't get his blocker on Bonino's wrist shot. The Penguins threw 41 shots at Jones, well over the 28 he faced on average during San Jose's playoff run.

The Sharks made it to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history by rebuilding themselves on the fly. Two years removed from a brutal collapse from a 3-0 series lead in the first round against Los Angeles, San Jose ended a 9,005 day wait to play in the NHL's championship round by relying on a tough, aggressive style that squeezes opponents with a relentless forecheck while limiting chances in front of Jones.

Yet veterans Marleau and Joe Thornton - the top two picks in the 1997 draft held in Pittsburgh who had waited nearly two decades to make it to the league's biggest stage - insisted the Sharks were hardly satisfied after dispatching St. Louis in a cathartic Western Conference finals.

Maybe, but the Sharks looked a step slow - maybe two steps slow - while searching for their footing against the Penguins, who rallied from a 3-2 deficit to edge the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games to advance to their first Cup Final since 2009.

Rust, who surprisingly made the team out of training camp and became an unlikely playoff star by scoring both of Pittsburgh's goals in Game 7 against the Lightning, gave the Penguins the lead 12:46 into the first when he slammed home a rebound off a Justin Schultz shot for his sixth of the postseason, a franchise record for playoff goals by a rookie.

Less than a minute later Sheary, who didn't become a regular until the middle of January, made it 2-0 when Sidney Crosby whipped a blind backhand cross-ice pass to Sheary's stick. The rookie's wrist shot from the right circle zipped by Jones and the Penguins appeared to be in complete command by overwhelming the Sharks in a way few have in months.

San Jose and its group of Cup newcomers regained its composure in the intermission and responded with a big surge. Hertl jammed a shot from just outside the crease between Murray's legs on the power play 3:02 into the second to give the Sharks momentum. Late in the second, Marleau collected a rebound off a Brent Burns one-timer behind the Pittsburgh net and then beat Murray on a wraparound to the far post that caromed off Murray's extended right leg and into the net.