Struggling Krejci taking steps to rediscover game

Struggling Krejci taking steps to rediscover game
April 25, 2013, 4:15 pm
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BOSTON -- David Krejci had put together the most consistent season of his NHL career through the first few months of this season, but April has been a rough month for the playmaking center.

Krejci has two goals and four points along with a minus-4 in 11 games during the month of April, and had a nine-game goalless stretch that was snapped when he struck for a goal in Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Flyers in Philly. Some of that struggle can be traced back to the struggles of his bookend power forward wingers in Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, but some of it is also on No. 46 fading into the background as he does during his offensive cold spells.

Krejci is just looking to have the same constant wingers on either side of him for the final few games headed into the playoffs, and those two forwards will be Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley with Nathan Horton still out of the lineup.

“It’s always nicer to play with the same guys all the time because then you create chemistry," Krejci said. "Even if it doesn’t always go the way you want to, you know how to bring the success back to you if you’re playing with the same guys. But if you have bad games and bad periods then lines are going to get changed. I’m all for it.

“All I can do is focus on my game, do my best and not worry about anything else. I don’t care what’s been going on the last couple of weeks. As a team our game isn’t where we want it to be, so we need to forget what’s happened and focus on these next three games. We need to get our game back.”

Claude Julien wasn’t going to absolve Krejci of his recent lackluster performances based on goal scored in a blowout loss to the Flyers. He also gave up a puck right in front of the net during the first period that gave Scott Hartnell and Philly their first score of the game.

“You guys know your hockey, so you knew there was a lot that happened before that [goal] that brought it to that,” said Julien. “It’s too easy to just look at one player and jump on him after that and say ‘well, he scored a goal so everything is okay.’

“I think Krejci is a good player for us, he’s had different wingers lately and now we’re trying to build some consistency in our lines to hopefully get a better feeling for our team and our group.”

Krejci has done a good job this season of bouncing back from last season when he was a minus player and disappeared for most of the playoffs.

But the year isn’t over yet.

The playmaking center needs to finish up strong in the regular season and the playoffs in order to do away with the streaky label that’s coming along with him over the last few years.