BOSTON -- While there was a disappointing vibe in the Bruins dressing room following a New Year’s Eve loss to the New York Islanders, there was one bit of reason for celebrating: David Krejci scored his 100th NHL goal in the 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Isles.
It wasn’t a highlight reel scorer’s strike for the crafty Czech playmaker, but instead a second-effort rebound of a Jarome Iginla shot that he fanned on the first time around. Krejci eventually poked the puck past Evgeni Nabokov for the game’s first goal, and had his century-mark score in his 464th NHL game.
“It’s just a number. It’s nice to get 100 goals,” said Krejci, who is one of those Bruins players that absolutely knows his statistics backward and forward and surely appreciates the milestone. “Hopefully there will be 100 more in my career, but it’s just a number.”
The goal also leaves Krejci with nine goals on the season, and gives the Bruins three players (Krejci, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara) about to crack double-digits in goals while joining Reilly Smith, Milan Lucic, Iginla and Patrice Bergeron in that category.
Chara thought he had his 10th goal of the season on Tuesday night, but the goal was later credited to Daniel Paille on a tip directly in front of the Islanders net.
The right bounces could give the Bruins seven players in double-digit goal totals at the midpoint of the season -- a testament to their depth and diversity in the scoring department, a strength the Black and Gold builds toward every single season.
“It’s a big accomplishment. It would have been nice to have got the win with a hundredth goal,” said Lucic, who also scored his 100th career goal earlier this season. “He’s been playing really well as of late he’s been real consistent throughout this year and hopefully he can keep it up.”