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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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: