Krejci's goal sparks comeback vs. Rangers


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.

Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup


Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement). CSN has confirmed that Ehrhoff has indeed agreed to a PTO with the Bruins, and he'll report to the team sometime this weekend.

The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result. 

Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp


Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.