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Krejci, Julien believe KIL line is due for breakout

May 9, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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David Krejci doesn’t get a ton of attention compared to some of his Bruins teammates, but the fact remains, when Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011, he led all playoff scorers with 23 points, and when the B’s went to the final last year, he again led all playoff scorers, this time with 26 points.

So yeah, the 28-year-old Czech center is a key cog on a very good team.

But the 2014 playoffs haven’t been nearly as productive for Krejci, who’s managed just three assists in nine games, much of it spent skating with wingers Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla.

“It’s about staying positive, and if you’re not producing on the score sheet then you need to do other things,” Krejci said after last night’s 1-0 overtime win in Montreal, per CSN New England. “I thought we had a strong game defensively, but we need to play better offensively, obviously.”

He added: “Everybody has slumps and there’s no surprise that I’m in it right now. I’m just trying to help the team in different ways. I believe I’m a good enough player that it eventually is going to come.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed with that notion, saying today that it’s “just a matter of time” before the KIL line starts producing.

“We just keep working,” Iginla said. “In the first couple of games we had great chances and all of the set opportunities, and they just didn’t go in. It was probably a little quieter for us in [Game 4], and that we were pressing a little bit in the first two periods. I thought we were a little better in the third when we started to get that zone time again.”

Game 5 goes Saturday in Boston.

  1. ironmd778 - May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Way overdue. Time to show up!!!

  2. sixchr - May 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    In order to be “due” for a breakout you actually have to DO something first. If I have to watch Krejci and Lucic loafing around the ice for another game while Iginla is just ringing the puck off the pipes I might lose my mind. I think once they break through the floodgates will open and that line will erupt, but they have to actually do something first for that to happen. They’ve been near invisible.

  3. dboldave - May 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I’m beyond shocked that Krejci has looked so bad this series. I know some have said it’s the speed of Montreal that is causing him problems but his passes have been lazy and he just looks like he’s coasting through a December game against Florida.

    I hope he gets it going because when Krejci is going, this team is dangerous.

  4. dropthepuckeh - May 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I don’t think it’s lack of trying from this line, I think it’s Montreal effectively shutting them down. Krejci never looks like he’s trying bc of the way he skates but he’s extremely competitive and I think trying very hard. They will get their chances, as they have, and they’ll be fine.

    • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Agree. it’s dangerous to start saying they don’t care. a couple near misses and posts make a world of difference. He is the reason we have one cup and got to a second.

      If he buries one of his breakaways, and Iginla/Lucic bury one each of their posts/ and they all have 3 or 4 more points and nobody is talking about this.

      a lot of “if’s” but also true.

  5. stepanup - May 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Krejci’s track record in the playoffs should earn him the benefit of the doubt. He’s vastly underrated.

  6. joeman26 - May 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    this series is close for one reason..combination of 10 post or XBars hit

  7. drewzducks - May 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    KIL or be KIL’D !

  8. numbcracker2109 - May 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Krejci has struggled, but there’s time to find his game, the Bruins first line has always struggled against Montreal lately, whether it’s Horton,Seguin or Iginla on the other wing. They just need to show up when the moment is greatest, like they tend to do.

    But for the record, Krejci has struggled all playoff long, just 3 assists and a -3 in 9 games. Lucic has 4g 3a for 7 points and a +3, so he’s been better than Krejci, and Iginla has hit 140000 posts. It’s up to Krejci to be better.

  9. slaugin - May 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Lucic is the one that looks lost. He can’t keep the puck on his stick, constantly turning it over and its a crap shoot where his passes end up. not to mention he isn’t getting in front of Carey Price. He should be parked in front of the net screening the goalie and putting in the garbage. I know Montreal is a bad matchup for him but he’s making mental mistakes. If this line turns things around they will cruise through the playoffs but until that happens its going to be a hard grind.

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