Krejci scores in Czechs win over Germany


Krejci scores in Czechs win over Germany

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.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction


Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I was watching the Heart of a Champion in that Golden State/Oklahoma City game last night. That Klay Thompson is something else.


*PHT writer James O’Brien wonders what the next step is for Troy Brouwer now that he’s ready to hit free agency, and the ride has finally come to an for the Blues this season.


*Excellent piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on the sad story of Kevin Stevens, and the drug addiction demons that have had him in their clutches for a long time. I’ve known about Stevens troubles for a while, and it’s too bad because he really is a gregarious guy when you get to know him.


*Allan Muir speculates on the future of Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning now that the offseason has begun for both of them.


*P.K. Subban doesn’t sound like he’s got any hard feelings about being left off Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey, and said he’ll still be rooting them along.


*Pat Hickey mentions the Subban snub, but is incredulous that Habs center Alex Galchenyuk was left off Team North America.


*Larry Brooks breaks down how exactly former Bruins head coach and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan was able to emerge from John Tortorella’s shadow some 10 years later.


*For something completely different: sad story all around in Cincinnati where they had to had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead when a four year old child fell into his enclosure.

Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne


Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

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.