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Discuss: Krejci completes hat trick with OT winner

May 8, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

Leafs vs Bruins

David Krejci has been just incredible in the first round, but this was his best game yet. He led the Bruins with a hat trick, including the overtime winner in Boston’s 4-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Krejci now has five goals and 10 points in four games as the Bruins lead this series 3-1.

Here are some things to consider:

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs had a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission despite being outshot 15-8 in that period. Toronto outshot Boston 40-30 for the remainder of the contest, but the Bruins still bounced back.
  • Both teams got power-play opportunities in this game, but only the Boston Bruins were able to take advantage of those chances. That’s a reverse of what it’s been like for most of this series.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have been leaning heavily on center Tyler Bozak on the draw. That’s despite the fact that Bozak hasn’t been particularly successful when it comes to winning faceoffs in this series. He won half of his faceoffs tonight and 43.2% of them over the first three contests.
  • Forward Patrice Bergeron ended his seven-game pointless slump dating back to the regular season with the Boston Bruins’ first goal in this contest.
  • Defenseman Zdeno Chara assisted on all four of the Bruins’ goals and logged a team-high 33:03 minutes of playing time.
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  1. drewsylvania - May 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Holy ****, what a game.

    • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Absolutely spectacular overtime. End to end, exciting chances every few plays, the refs put the whistles away and let the players do their thing, and both goalies stood on their heads. THAT’S what playoff hockey is supposed to look like!

  2. nunan - May 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    So fun to watch. Not since 2011 have the Bruins been in the driver’s seat like this. Last year, they seemed all out of sorts against the Caps. Now they look legit again, they play clutch…I’m excited to see what how they run with this. Just wait until that second line, their best line all year, comes around.

  3. pastabelly - May 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Krejci is a different player in the post season and international play.

  4. coacheskid - May 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Great game. Refs let them play. Both teams were bringing it and playing the right way

    Should be a great game 5 Friday

  5. gallyhatch - May 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Overtime was phenomenal.

  6. jaymophoto - May 8, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Phaneuf!

    • sportsfaninyyc - May 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Celine Dion Phaneuf my buddies call him, they were so glad the Flames got rid of him.

  7. lightthelamp77 - May 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Great game by Krejci, seems to always step up in the playoffs. Seguin needs to find his game, way too many times he makes poor decisions with the puck.

  8. nunan - May 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Canadian teams dropping like flies.

    • salmon90 - May 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      If that’s a shot at Canadians I think it will fall on deaf ears. Being a Canucks fan I can assure you there were a lot of happy Canadians last night after our elimination. And as misery loves company you can bet most of us on the west coast are pulling for the Bruins (until the next round of course).

      • nunan - May 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        Not a knock at all. Just stating a fact…I’m a Bruin’s fan so I really don’t care what teams are in the playoffs as long as the Bs are.

  9. tdrusher225 - May 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    This is the best I’ve seen the Krejci line play for the entire time they’ve been together. All three of them are absolutely bringing it. This even surpasses the way they played throughout the 2011 Cup run. I know it’s only been 4 games, so here’s hoping they can keep this up.

    • nunan - May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      I completely agree. Every single guy on that line is playing some of the best hockey I’ve seen them play, Lucic especially. What Krejci did tonight was great but I’m not all that surprised. It’s Lucic who is a surprise. Not that he couldn’t play well but this is way more than I expected. He is effecting so much when he is out there. The line is better than 2011 bc Lucic was mediocre for most of the playoffs back then. I wonder if, when the time is right, someone goes after Phaneuf for his run at Horton. Depends on how the next game unfolds, I guess.

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Can’t believe Phaneuf pinched and went for the puck/Horton in OT, down 2-1, at home. It was a great game but that was a horrendous decision by the captain. Especially with the white-hot Krejci on the ice. He went for the big hit and it seriously cost the Leafs. Gotta love playoff hockey.

    • rogersjd16 - May 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Also completely agree. And since when has Horton become a magician with the puck on his stick??? Some of his deeks last night were beauties. So sick to see!

  10. crusty14 - May 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    I agree! Lots of hitting, but very little bs after the whistle. Refs let them play. Could’ve been a few things called in ot, but the refs let the players decide the game. No need to call the ticky tack crap! Go bruins!

  11. tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    From what I saw this was the game of the year in the NHL. Phenomenal action. The postseason version of David Krejci is elite.

  12. tbd3 - May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I’m still recovering from this game and my favorite team won.

  13. spyder00798 - May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Wow. What a fun game. Best game so far this postseason outside of the Pittsburgh v Long Island series. Go Isles, Ottawa, Caps and Bruins. Playoff hockey best sport ever… And the World Copa.

  14. spyder00798 - May 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    @salmon90 excluding people around Montreal area, I think Habs fall into same category as Vancouver… Everyone hates them. .

    • sportsfaninyyc - May 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Actually, every Canadian city the Habs play in, the crowd is damn near 50/50. Lots of Habs fans coast to coast up here.

    • bucrightoff - May 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Its not quite the same. The Canucks, and their fans, act like they do and have…0 Cups. At least the Canadiens have some history of winning, whereas the Canucks are in the bottom 5 in NHL history in winning percentage.

  15. istallion - May 9, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Sad Leafs lost, and I’m a disgruntled Habs fan

  16. shortsxit34 - May 9, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    such exciting hockey. these are the types of games that take years off your life.

  17. 8man - May 9, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    NHL Network has a repeat of this game at 1pm EST for those that missed it and have access to that network.

  18. mgp1219 - May 9, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    When I bought a Krejci t-shirt about 4 years ago, a lot of people asked me “Why Kejci? Why not Chara or Lucic or Thomas?” I hope those people finally understand why. It’s the only B’s shirt I own that has a player name & number on it. All of my other B’s shirts, shorts, etc…are team paraphernalia with no player afilliation. GO B’s!!!

  19. mclovinhockey - May 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Ugh I hate the bruins, but wow they are monsters. Krejci in the playoffs is clutch… Thank god I picked him on my playoff pool.

    That comeback was great.

  20. nhstateline - May 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Great game by both teams. Speaking as a Bruin fan, they showed a lot of resiliency, smarts and toughness in coming back like that then surviving an ot where the Leafs seemed to have a lot more left in the tank than did they. I thought the experience that the Bruins have with ot in the playoffs showed last night because they were patient and calm, not running around. We could see it in the play Krejci made to end the game, calm, guts of a burglar, didn’t rush, sold the pass and boom!!! I’m not sure he would have done exactly the same things four years ago. Playoff ot experience on full display
    This being the first NHL playoff ot game most of the Leaf players were involved in, they’ll learn and grow from the experience just like this core Bruin group did starting in the 08 playoffs.
    On another topic, it’s true there are a lot of Habs fans all across Canada (lot of Leaf fans too). I would think for the Sens, for example, getting to play either of them in the playoffs is a really good way to sell people on your team and game night in your arena moving forward even if it does mean playing in a 50/50 building most nights right now.

    • rigatonikid - May 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      It’s just too bad that they Senators owner and organization doesn’t embrace your sentiments about other teams fans in their building.

      • nhstateline - May 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        The times I’ve been up there and the Habs and Leafs were in town and the Sens were playing road games in their own building were really impressive as far as how much support those teams have versus what Ottawa has (I’m not slagging the Sens fans. It’s just so, they’re stuck between two really established teams with big fan bases). I get that Ottawa’s playing the long term generational game and a lot of the people who live in that city come from somewhere else. On the other hand, their arena’s not a bad place to watch a game, just a bad place to get to/from on anything but the bus, and it is the NHL and that will sell just about anywhere in the Northern US or Canada. They’d be smart to take the business they can get because that can lead to building their brand.

  21. borderline1988 - May 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    That overtime goal was such a heartbreaker.

    The Leafs deserved to win that game, but this is where experience and resiliency makes the difference..the Bruins are a team that can win these type of games by executing and avoiding the mental errors that seem to plague the Leafs.

    Of course we’re still hopeful, but I don’t want to wait another year for more playoffs! Toronto playoff games are like nothing else. The whole city is completely invested in the Leafs.

    • gallyhatch - May 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      B’s fan here. . . . yes, the Leafs deserved to win that game, but so didn’t the Bruins.

      That was a great effort by both teams. I feel like that’s one of those instances where you chock it up to “well, someone had to lose”.

      I’m loving this series, and I hope the B’s & Leafs match up again next year!

  22. noah81398 - May 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The Bruins without a doubt have a hidden gem in Krejci. I consider him to be one of, if not the most underrated players in the NHL. Granted, his play can at times be slow in the regular season, he still is a valuable edition to this Bruins team during the season, not to mention when they hit they playoffs. Fun stat for ya, Krejci now leads the Playoffs with goals(5) and points(10). And he has also tallied an amazing 57 points in 63 playoff games with the B’s. Quite the playoff player, eh?

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