BOSTON - Clearly David Krejci was feeling good enough to finish out the victory over Columbus on Thursday night. He dodged a bullet after getting his head slammed into the boards on a hit from behind by Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky.
The incident took place midway through the first period as Krejci slipped in the corner just as Dubinsky was closing in on him, and the Blue Jackets forward finished the check on a suddenly dazed Bruins center. The hit knocked Krejci’s helmet off, and the center stayed down on the ice until B’s trainer Donnie DelNegro came to tend to the 27-year-old alternate captain.
Krejci spent the rest of the first period in the Quiet Room, and finished scoreless in 18:16 of ice time while losing 3-of-13 face-offs. After the game, Krejci told a pool reporter that he didn’t believe there was any bad intent behind Dubinsky’s hit.
“I don’t think it was on purpose,” said Krejci. “I just kind of lost an edge. At the same time, his knee kind of went into my head and then the other side — I think I hit the board [with] my head and my helmet came off.”
Dubinsky wasn’t penalized on the play, but Milan Lucic was after he went looking for retribution when the play ended in the opposite corner of the ice. Krejci’s linemate was slapped with a roughing call that his B’s teammates killed off, and Lucic was of the opinion that Dubinsky could have avoided hitting the center’s head.
“I know [Krejci] did maybe catch an edge just before he got hit, but I saw numbers just before [Dubinsky] went in there to make the hit again,” said Lucic. “I don’t know if you have to look at the replay, but obviously you try to respond to it.
“We got a big penalty kill out of it, and it was good to see [Krejci] not end up too hurt where he wasn’t able to come back.”
There didn’t seem to be any reason why Krejci wouldn’t be in the lineup Friday night for the road game against the Ottawa Senators. So, it appeared the Bruins got a good break on a player they can’t afford to lose.