Krejci surprised by fights


Krejci surprised by fights

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- David Krejci doesnt get mixed up in many physical entanglements.

Sure, he threw a little beating on Mike Cammalleri last season at the Bell Centre and got the favor returned to him by Benoit Pouliot at TD Garden. But Krejci is on the ice to make saucer passes and score points, and isnt looking to pick any fights with other players.

So it surprised Krejci as much as anybody else when 23-year-old Islanders center Justin DiBenedetto attacked him after the Bs center threw a shove at another Isles player. DiBenedetto immediately tackled Krejci at the bottom of a pile of players in an old-fashioned preseason brouhaha, and the Bs center was left to wonder what happened afterward. It sounded as if Krejci was channeling his best Pedro Martinez impersonation when he railed on about Karim Garcia following their Red SoxYankees playoff battles.

I dont know who that kid is, but obviously hes battling for a spot on the roster I understand that, said Krejci. I dont want to comment on that. I dont think Ive ever played against him before, so well see what happens.

I had my helmet on and my gloves fell - a jump from behind. That was it. He fell on me. I didnt have a chance. I dont want to fight in the first preseason game. Come onits the first game back. I want to get my timing. I dont even know who the guy is to tell you the truth.

Krejci has hit with five minutes for fighting while DiBenedetto was slapped with a fighting major, an instigator penalty, two minutes for instigating while wearing a visor on his helmet and a game misconduct. The Islanders prospect finished things up on a roughed up edge for Krejci, but the Czech Republic center looked sharp in his first preseason action.

Krejci and Lucic began the game skating with 19-year-old right wing Jared Knight and ended the contest with Benoit Pouliot on their right side, but it was the two regular first liners that ended up shining. Krejci potted a power play goal when he pounced on a Lucic rebound in the second period and calmly flipped it over Isles goaltender Rick DiPietro. It was the kind calm, confident score that makes it very easy to see Krejci meeting his goal of scoring 20-something goals this season.

This game was more about timing, getting your timing back and getting a little chemistry back, said Krejci. You could tell we havent played hockey in a while in three months. So the timing was a little off and stuff, but Im kind of glad in the first period I had two of my passes messed up.

Im glad I did that so I can learn from it. Now I can focus just to be better and better every night.

Krejci should reach his goal of getting better and better every single night as long as he doesnt run into any more anonymous kids looking to make a name for themselves at his expense.

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Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that. 


Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.