Don't be jealous, Bruins fans. David Krejci seems to finally be playing well, it's just not for your benefit.
After Krejci's sub-par playoffs for the Bruins -- it was really a sub-par season, truth be told -- the Czech Republic center is pouring in the points for his national team in the IIHF World Championships.
The Czechs rolled to an 8-1 win over Germany to finish their round-robin schedule on Tuesday. Krejci added a goal and two assists for the Czechs.
Krejci showed the form that made him the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs scoring leader with Boston, reportedly lifting a smooth-looking backhanded shot past the sprawling German goalie.
Krejci had another chance for the Czechs' ninth goal on a penalty shot, but he allegedly lollygagged in on the goalie and was stuffed.
Maybe he felt bad for the Germans. Maybe he feared Dennis Seidenberg would be waiting for him back in Boston with a whuppin' if the Czechs ran up the score. In any event, Krejci still had a solid game.
The Czechs are hoping for their third straight medal in the World Championship. They won gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011. They will face Sweden tomorrow.
With the Penguins and the Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals, are you rooting for Phil Kessel or Joe Thornton?
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how much of a dark cloud Slava Voynov’s presence is going to bring to the World Cup of Hockey.
*PHT’s Joey Alfieri tracks the ups and downs of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a frustrating season.
*Jonathan Drouin says that he “definitely wants to be” part of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a very rocky year with a happy ending for all.
*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Taylor Hall was one of a number of deserving Canadian players – including P.K. Subban -- left off the roster.
*The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their inaugural season in the league.
*Ottawa Senators senior advisor Bryan Murray is still getting used to a new role after a change in the Sens front office structure.
*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has plenty of reasons to be proud after a very good year running hockey ops for the Penguins.
*For something completely different: this January Rolling Stone magazine piece on Stevie Nicks was an excellent retrospective.