Krejci still looking for his offense this playoffs

Krejci still looking for his offense this playoffs
May 6, 2014, 5:30 pm
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MONTREAL – Nobody would blame David Krejci if he’s feeling a little déjà vu in the second round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. The B’s playmaking center has been held to one assist in the two games against the hated Habs, and boasts just a meager three assists and a minus-2 rating in the seven playoff games against the Red Wings and the Canadiens thus far.

It’s an alarming dry spell for Boston’s leading point scorer during the regular season, and particularly concerning when Krejci has finished two of the last three Stanley Cup playoff runs as the leading point man in the entire league. But it’s been tough sledding so far for Krejci going through the withering defense of Pavel Datsyuk in the first round, and the distracting stick-work of fellow countryman Tomas Plekanec in the second round.

It’s the same Plekanec that held Krejci down to a single point and a minus-1 rating while getting defensive duty against No. 46 in the B’s/Habs seven game series during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. Thus far Krejci is saying and doing all of the right things, and insists that he isn’t getting frustrated with the lack of production.

“We’re in the second round with a series tied at 1-1, so you can’t ask for better than that,” said Krejci. “I feel great. I feel like I’ve been skating well and controlling the game for the most part. The puck isn’t going in the net for me, but as long as my lineys are hot – or my teammates – it’s all good.”

The circumstances have been a little different for Krejci in the last two games against Montreal. In Game 1 Krejci had five shots on net and missed badly on a backhander right in front of the net that counted as one of a handful of scoring chances whiffed on by his line. He controlled possession in the offensive zone along with his linemates, and had the long cycling shifts with the puck that they’ve become known for this season.

But there wasn’t nearly as much room for Krejci to operate in Game 2, and his offensive presence was muted by solid Montreal defense and a winger in Jarome Iginla that’s struggling to break through this postseason.

So it will come down to Game 3 to really determine exactly where Krejci is headed for this series, but three assists in seven games isn’t quite up his normally prodigious playoff standards.