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Krejci feeling good, finding range

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Krejci feeling good, finding range

One day after returning to the Bruins lineup, David Krejci said he was feeling the usual day-after soreness but nothing like a re-aggravation of the core issue that sidelined him for three games.

Krejci didnt score any points, but said he had fun skating with Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot. After all, who doesnt have fun when your team posts six goals on the board and once again ruin the Boston return of wayward sniper Phil Kessel.

I felt pretty good," Krejci said. "A little sore this morning, but I was pretty happy. It took me a whole to you know get going. But the thing is as the game was going on I felt better even though I didnt get on the scoresheet. I was good on the draws and I was having fun. It was really fun yesterday. It was good to get back and get a feel.

Krejci was once again skating with the speedy Peverley and the high energy Pouliot during a Friday practice at TD Garden, and he was concentrating on the Saturday night date with the Sharks no matter who is skating on either side of him. Krejci and Peverley in particular could really do some damage together if they can get a true feel for each others game. Just go back and review some of the plays made once Peverley had stepped in for Nathan Horton in the Cup Finals on that top line, and its obvious Krejcis creativity could be bolstered in a big way by Peverleys jets.

I dont know what the lineup is going to look like tomorrow, but we won so Im assuming its going to look the same, said Krejci. We had fun in practice, so Im going to look forward to the game.

Krejci has just a single point and a minus-3 in four games for the Bruins, but he wasnt dwelling on any offensive slow-going for the Bs. Instead he was taking pride in a dominant night in the face-off dot that illustrates just how good Krejci is all phases of the outside from setting up the offensive play.

Krejci took 11-of-17 draws in Thursday nights shellacking of the Maple Leafs, and is winning at more than a 60 percent clip this season in a center-centered forward group for the Black and Gold.

Nothing was bothering me at all. I was winning them and I felt good about that, said Krejci. When youre winning them youre holding on to the puck rather than chasing it. Thats a good thing.

I know my game could be better on the puck, but for my first game back I was pretty about all of it.

With a game under his belt and fun back in the equation, now might be a good time for Krejci to join some of his teammates on the scoring binges theyll attempt to carryover from Kesselmania Part Seven.

Marchand stepping up his twitter game to hilarious effect

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Marchand stepping up his twitter game to hilarious effect

BOSTON – It was probably only a matter of time before it happened, but it looks like Boston’s favorite Little Ball of Hate is stepping up his game on social media.

Brad Marchand is known as much for his rabble-rousing and trash-talking on the ice as he is for massive offensive production while serving as Boston’s top scorer in each of the last few seasons. So Marchand has the perfect mixture of good humor and clout as a star NHL player, and that usually combines for a pretty powerful voice on Twitter.

Marchand has been noticeably more active on Twitter in recent days with a wide-ranging group of tweets, and the big winner is the hockey fan that gets a little more exposure to some classic Nose Face Killah wit. Some of the tweets have been as a Bruins team leader where he’s praising the talented young crop of B’s prospects that he’s watching during training camp:

Some have been about chirping the NHL for their decision to skip the Olympics this winter where Marchand most certainly would have been primed for a chance at a Gold Medal:

Some have been engaging with “fans” and dropping classic pop culture references from children’s books while showing the nasty edge that routinely drives opponents up a wall:

The Charlotte’s Web reference is a devastating classic from Marchand, a noted longtime fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes it’s just telling a quick story in a tweet that gives you an inside look at the kind of chirping that goes on when Marchand is on the ice:

A social media platform like Twitter was made for a personality like Marchand, and a stepped-up presence is good for him and good for hockey fans. So why all of a sudden is No. 63 tweeting with greater frequency over the last few days?

It sounds like it’s a combination of training camp boredom and a genuine interest in amplifying his voice on all manner of subjects.

“I’ve just been kind of lying around with nothing to do and I jumped on [twitter]…thought it was kind of funny,” said Marchand. “I thought I’d get a little more involved. I don’t know if I’m going to have enough time to do it every day, but it’s fun.”

As fun as it’s been for Marchand, it’s no doubt even more fun for the fans that might get a chance to interact with him even if it’s as the unwitting foil for one of his well-placed chirps. 

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Cassidy: Khudobin 'has a leg up' on backup competition in Bruins camp

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Cassidy: Khudobin 'has a leg up' on backup competition in Bruins camp

BOSTON – Fresh off a strong performance allowing just a single goal on 31 shots in his preseason debut, Tuukka Rask looked close to the top of his game and exactly where he needs to be with the regular season a couple of weeks away. Nearly as important as Rask’s state as the regular season nears, the Bruins coaching staff has been keeping a keen eye through camp on the all-important backup goaltender position as well. 

It’s important that the Bruins have a quality backup goalie in place as they hope to start Rask in just 55-60 games this season, and manage the slender puck-stopper in a way where they can get the best out of him from beginning to end. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated Anton Khudobin has the inside track on the backup job after finding his groove in the second half of last season, and it would appear he’s well on his way to retaining his job with a Malcolm Subban/Zane McIntyre tandem in Providence.

“Tuukka looks good, and looks good in practice and healthy. So that’s reassuring,” said Cassidy. “[Anton Khudobin] I thought played very well in his game. He had the one unfortunate goal, but I thought he was rock-solid the rest of the game. He’s in very good shape and he’s practiced well, so he’s got a leg up on the other [goalies] based on his experience.

“We know that going in, but he’s going to get pushed. Zane [McIntyre] was good in a game, and Malcolm let in a couple where he could have been more aggressive. But it was a first game, so right now they all look good. That’s a good problem to have if they all push each other, but to get direct to the point Anton has done nothing to lose that backup spot.”

At this point, it would likely be McIntyre rather than Subban that would challenge for the NHL backup job if Khudobin did stumble at all in training camp or early in the regular season as he did last year. There will be no backup controversy, however, if the 31-year-old plays like he did in stopping 20-of-22 shots in Tuesday night’s win vs. the Red Wings or as he did going 6-1-0 with a .922 save percentage after the All-Star break last season.  

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