Krejci's goal sparks comeback vs. Rangers

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Krejci's goal sparks comeback vs. Rangers

BOSTON -- The third period comeback for the Boston Bruins never happens if they dont get that vital first goal midway through the final 20 minutes.

Thats where David Krejci came in by pouncing on a rebound after a Dennis Seidenberg shot created a rebound that bounced off Milan Lucics big body in front of the net. With both Lucic and Nathan Horton pounding away at the New York Rangers defense in front of the net, Krejci crashed the net near the right post and flipped the puck for his fourth goal of the season.

It helped the Bruins erase a three-goal deficit in the third period when they scored two more in the final 1:31 of the third period with Tuukka Rask pulled from the net. While those two goals were huge in the closing minutes of the eventual 4-3 shootout loss at TD Garden, Krejci said he could feel the tone of the Rangers change after his first goal.

"It was important obviouslyyouve got to get the first one. Once you get the first one then they get nervous a little bit I think thats what happened, said Krejci. We were all over them, we were getting great chances after the first goal and our shooters did a good job driving the net and then putting the puck in the back of the net.

It was fitting that Krejci got things started for the Bruins as the Czech Republic native was the best forward on his line for most of the night. Lucic and Horton seemed a little off their games in the first two periods and an ill-advised neutral zone feed from the left wing led to one of New Yorks goals, but Krejci just stayed with his game into the third period.

Its the reason Krejci is leading the Bruins with 11 points (4 goals and 7 assists) in 11 games this season, and has managed to keep his own game consistent while things are fluctuating around him. The playmaking pivot is creating and scoring at a point-per-game pace that some have envisioned for the 26-year-old since he first burst onto the scene for the Bruins five years ago.

Krejci led all players with five shots on net in his 21:05 in ice time, and once again was one of the best players on the ice from beginning to end.

Those two big wingers did a great job in front of the net. They were two big bodies that had the other players on the other team preoccupied with, and Krejci just snuck to the side of the net and was able to pounce on that loose puck, said Claude Julien. "Krejci has been a good player for us this year.

Hes feeling good about his game, hes feeling good about himself, and when Dave Krejci feels that way Daves a real good player.

When Krejci is a really good player, its been proven that the Bruins are a very difficult hockey club to defeat.

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.

The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.

“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”

One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.

“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.

“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”

So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden. 

Morrow has 'confident feeling' as he readies to jump into B's lineup

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Morrow has 'confident feeling' as he readies to jump into B's lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It’s been a long month of bag skates and lonely practices for Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow.

That’s about to change thanks to injuries to both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller, who are both not expected to be able to play against the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon at TD Garden. That means Morrow will be in the B’s lineup for the first time since a Dec. 12 win over the Montreal Canadiens, a span of 16 consecutive B’s games that the 24-year-old has been watching from the press box.

Morrow skated in a pairing with John-Michael Liles in Sunday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Monday’smatinee, and obviously he’s looking forward to getting back into games given this season’s sporadic practice schedule.

“[Playing well after sitting for long stretches] isn’t necessarily something you want to be good at, but if you are good at then it’s a good tool to have in your bag. It’s a confident feeling that I’ll be able to come in [and play well],” said Morrow, who has an assist and a minus-3 rating in 13 games for the Black and Gold this season. “I’ve stayed in good shape and worked hard in practice, and that’s all I can do up until this point.

“Put simply, [this year’s compacted schedule] is exhausting. Countless times I’ve skated by myself, and anybody would tell you there’s nothing harder than skating by yourself on a sheet of ice. Mentally and physically it’s just exhausting. There haven’t been many practices and there haven’t been many game-type situations in the practices we do have. Skating with the whole team is almost like a pregame skate scenario. But you’re still skating every day, so it’s putting it upon yourself to go out there and stay ready for things.”

The one issue for Morrow, a former first round pick, over the last couple of seasons has been maintaining a high level of play once he draws his way into the lineup. It feels like there’s a drop-off in his play once he’s played a few games in a row whether it’s physical mistakes or mental lapses in his play, and that’s something he wants to avoid when given an opportunity to suit up.

“I feel like when I have played this year that I’ve been quite consistent and that I’ve played well,” said Morrow, the last remaining part of the 2013 Tyler Seguin trade still in a Bruins uniform. “I’m just in a situation that the cards are playing out the way that they are, so it depends on how many games I get whether it’s one, two, 30 or however many games are left [in the season]. It’s realistically entirely up to me. If I can shake the rust out in the first couple of shifts and start from there, it’s going to be a big positive in my book. It’s the really the only option I have left now.”

Given that Colin Miller began skating on his own on Sunday morning, it might not be a very big window for Morrow to impress upon the coaches just how badly he wants to play. But one would expect he’s going to bring his best on Monday against the Isles with the hopes that it will be somebody else sitting up in the press box when it once again becomes a D-man numbers game for the 7-8 players for six lineup spots.