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April 27, 2010

Quiet Krejci makes loudest contribution

BOSTON — It has haunted this franchise for at least a decade this time of the year.

Putting that darn biscuit in the basket.

Show me a Boston Bruins playoff series — as few as there have been been — and I'll show you a bus station full of slumping Boston Bruins goal scorers.

In fact, one of them, a talented young man named Joe Thornton, was eventually sent packing after his memorable seven scoreless playoff games in the 2003 NHL playoffs.

You have to be a real hockey fan to understand that the best Boston Bruin is David Krejci. The Czech Republic native plays on the power play. He kills penalties. He passes. He creates something out of nothing. And he sees the ice.

What probably makes him slide under the radar is he doesn't fight. You know how we love fighters.

When the Bruins needed somebody most last night, Krejci fought.

We basically had come to the conclusion this season, and especially this past week, that Buffalo's Ryan Miller was not an advantage. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who was 4-1 against the Sabres this past regular season, could go save for save with the best goalie in the world.

The issue was scoring.

Sure, you need the prerequisite rebound goals off scrums in front of a guy like Miller. But let's be honest. Those goals aren't going to cut it come May and, especially late May.

You need goal scorer's goals.

Last night, finally, enter Krejci.

Krejci is from a long line of disappointing Bruins this season. He signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract last June and then went in the proverbial tank.

He followed up his impressive pre-contract year in 2008-09 — 22 goals and 51 assists — with 17 goals and 35 assists this season.

He had company.

For a variety of reasons, Dennis Wideman, Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, Michael Ryder, Marco Sturm and Marc Savard were equally as disappointing as Krejci.

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