BOSTON — Few NHL players have been more locked in this season than No. 46 has been for the Boston Bruins.
David Krejci has been the driving force behind the Bruins’ red-hotÂ scoring attack, recording at least a point in each of Boston’s first eight games and multiple points in four.
His 14 points this season, including two goals in Tuesday’s 6-0 rout of the Arizona Coyotes, are good for second in the NHL behind Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn, who’s played nine games to Krejci’s eight.
âHeâs been unbelievable,” Bruins winger Brad Marchand said of Krejci. “He plays like that every year. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesnât. But heâs such a dominant player in this league. Heâs able to slow the game down the way very few guys in this league can. When heâs on, youâve got to watch him every shift. Heâs very dangerous, and he can create something beautiful out of nothing. Itâs fun to watch him play.”
“Give him the puck,” defenseman Torey Krug added, “and good things are going to happen.”
Krejci’s point streak is, according to the Bruins,Â the longest by a BostonÂ player to begin a season since 1992-93, when Joe Juneau and Dimitri Kvartalnov eachÂ tallied points in the first 14 contests.
“Heâs off to a good start,” head coach Claude Julien said. “Itâs all about confidence in this league and heâs gotten off to a good start. Heâs feeling good about his game. Heâs very healthy as you can see. That makes a big difference. Itâs nice to have him back.”
Entering the season as perhaps the Bruins’ important offensive player, Krejci has exceeded even those lofty expectations. He’s already equaled his 2014-15 goal total of seven, and he’s on pace to blow his career high of 23 out of the water.
But theÂ veteran center didn’t want to hear about those stats. He’d rather focus on the fact that, after opening the season with three disheartening losses, the Bruins have won four times in their last five tries.
âYou know what, I donât really care.” KrejciÂ said. “Itâs always nice when the puck goes in the net and we see those points, but itâs a pretty good feeling that weâve won four (out of our last five) games. Itâs a good feeling in the room, and weâve just got to keep it rolling.”
Boston’s offense has followed Krejci’s lead in those five contests, scoring at least four goals in each. The Bruins’ 4.13 goal-per-game averaged ranks second in the NHL, just 0.01 behind the top-ranked Washington Capitals.
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