Krejci says return for Leafs game a possibility


Krejci says return for Leafs game a possibility

BOSTON -- David Krejci said he recently stumbled upon some stats proving his durability over the last three seasons, but doesnt want his willingness to play through pain clouding his judgment when it comes to Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

I just saw some interesting stats yesterday: In my last 290 games with the Bruins Ive missed only 10, said Krejci. Thats about 3 percent that Ive missed, so its pretty good. But I shouldnt really be looking at that. I have to be 100 percent and if I come back early theres a really good chance I could do something again.

The 25-year-old center has missed three games with a core injury, and should be able to return within the next couple of home games for the Bs against the Leafs or Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks. Krejci first suffered the injury in a practice last Tuesday, but intimated that hes a 5050 proposition for the Leafs game while being cautious about the upper body issue.

Certainly Krejci must want to suit up against good buddy Phil Kessel amid his torrid Toronto scoring spree, but he wasnt about to take any unnecessary risks just six games into a new hockey season.

Yesterday I skated with some of the guys. Today was a little more like a real practice and I pushed it a little harder, said Krejci. I cant say that I pushed it 100 percent, but I was pretty close. I felt good about the way things went this morning.

Ill wake up tomorrow and if I feel good then Ill push it to 100 percent tomorrow. Ill see how it feels and then who knows? Maybe Ill play tomorrow. Its just like every other injury. Youve got to wait until youre 100 percent especially with this kind of injury. I cant come back when Im 95 percent.

The playmaking center shared shifts with Rich Peverley as the third line center during line drills skating between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron, and coach Claude Julien said itll be up to the player to determine when hes fully ready to jump back into the flow. The situation becomes all the more interesting since the lines have been shifted around, and Krejci could potentially find himself in the middle of Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin if hes bumped back to a No. 1 line white practice jersey.

Hes at a stage where hes practicing and were trying to find out every day how much better hes getting, said Julien. Well see how he feels tomorrow, but hes coming around pretty well.

Krejci will be hoping to hit the ground running when he returns after putting up a single point and a minus-2 in his first three games of the season before getting hurt.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 


Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.