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.

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.

Morning Skate: Do Caps have mental block come playoff time?

Morning Skate: Do Caps have mental block come playoff time?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while thinking about and praying for the people of Manchester, England. It’s obviously an evil, cowardly act to bomb any public place, but to do it at a concert filled with women and children is the lowest of the low.

*The Capitals players are acknowledging that there’s some kind of mental block with the Stanley Cup playoffs. CSN Mid-Atlantic has all the details.

*It’s been a very odd postseason for the NHL where there are so many non-traditional teams still alive with the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Fina, and the Ottawa Senators fighting for their lives in the Eastern Conference Final. On that note, there is a ton of disappointment at the empty seats at the Canadian Tire Centre for Ottawa’s home games in the playoffs. It sounds like there are going to be empty seats tonight for a do-or-die Game 6 in Ottawa. That is an embarrassment for a Canadian city that’s supposed to pride itself on their love of hockey. Let’s hope the Senators fans have a last-minute surge to buy tickets and show some appreciation for a Senators team that’s given the Ottawa fans a totally unexpected ride through the postseason this spring. I mean, Erik Karlsson at the top of his game is worth the price of admission all by himself.  

*The Pittsburgh Penguins have the Senators on the ropes, and it’s been an impressive showing given that they’re doing it without Kris Letang.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the ownership for the St. Louis Blues giving their GM Doug Armstrong a vote of confidence.

*Another early exit from the playoffs is going to start making some players expendable on the New York Rangers roster.

*Here’s a good piece on how David Poile built the Nashville Predators, who have reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Give credit where it’s due: He manned up and made a big move dealing away Shea Weber straight up for PK Subban. It’s really worked for Music City as they’ve stepped to the next level.

*Speaking of Nashville’s rise this spring in a wide open Western Conference, Pekka Rinne has silenced the critics he might have had by carrying his team to the Cup Final.

*For something completely different: Boston law enforcement is on high alert after the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in the UK.