Krejci vows to be better vs. Capitals


Krejci vows to be better vs. Capitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bruins count on plenty of offense from their top forward lines, and its glaringly obvious when they dont produce.

Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Rich Peverley are expected to provide offense for the Bs even without one of their regular cogs Nathan Horton out with a concussion but didnt even produce a single registered shot in Saturday afternoons 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Krejci thought he fired a shot on net in the third period and it looked like Rich Peverley had one in the first that was never officially counted, but either way there was far too much passive play from an explosive group. Peverley found himself on the bench at the end of the third period when Claude Julien shortened things up, and both Lucic and Krejci vowed things will be different Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Krejci wouldnt even look at the scoresheet after Saturdays game because he was so frustrated at his play, and he knows that his line needs to pick it up even if there were signs of encouragement in the loss to the Pens.

I didnt look at the sheet after the game. I was really upset, admitted Krejci. It was a frustrating game for us yesterday. It wasnt fun. We want to make sure that doesnt happen again.

Id like to forget everything about the way things went yesterday. I want to go out there today and not just today, but every game and not have that same feeling that I had yesterday again. Its a good thing when the defenseman can get shots through, but its our job to be in front of the net picking for rebounds. Anything can happen, you know? So we need to get more involved as forwards. Its not going to happen very often that you score four or five goals from the blue line, so as forwards we need to get more shots. We need to stop passing up shots. Once you get it, you need to take it.

While Krejci had one of his worst games of the season against the Penguins, the Bruins did start to show signs as a team that theyre beginning pulling out of their recent funk. One thing that would help tremendously: if Krejci and his linemates can get back on track against a Capitals team that will be just as hungry as Pittsburgh was on Saturday afternoon.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

AFC: Vinatieri sets NFL record for consecutive field goals in Colts' win


AFC: Vinatieri sets NFL record for consecutive field goals in Colts' win

Ex-Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri hits his 43rd consecutive field goal, setting an NFL record, in the Colts' 34-26 victory over the Titans.

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