David Krejci Moments: Hat Trick Lifts Bruins To Game 4 Win Vs. Maple Leafs

Playoff Krejci was out in full force


Jan 20, 2023

David Krejci reached the 1,000-game milestone earlier this week as a member of the Bruins. To honor the accomplishment, we’re taking a look back at some of his career moments in Boston. Next up: Krejci scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013.

David Krejci had a strong 2012-13 season with the Bruins and an even stronger playoffs that helped Boston get back to the Stanley Cup Final.

He finished the regular season with 19 goals and 50 assists, but the playoffs is where Krejci really succeeded.

There was a reason he earned the nickname “Playoff Krejci.” After all, he played his best hockey during that time, and it was no different against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Krejci led the 2013 playoffs in points when all was said and done, and the quarterfinals helped him reach that feat.

The Bruins held a 2-1 series lead over Toronto and the Maple Leafs looked as if they were going to even it up. Game 4 needed overtime to decide the winner, and it was Krejci who ended things with the game-winning goal.

The goal capped off a strong night from Krejci, whose game-winner gave him a hat trick while giving the Bruins a 3-1 series lead. He also led the team with eight shots in the game, and it marked his third multi-point game of the series.

It was Krejci’s best game of the playoffs, and he remained consistent as the postseason continued. Nothing seemed to slow him down as Krejci continued to find the back of the net in Game 4. The Leafs just didn’t have an answer and ultimately were eliminated in seven games.

Although the Bruins later fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, Krejci was a big reason why Boston advanced that far.

Don’t miss “Krejci at 1,000” on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET only on NESN. Presented by BuyaToyota.com, Toyota’s website for deals.

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