March 24, 2011

Krejci, B's pour it on in 7-0 rout of Habs

David Krejci and the Bruins celebrate a goal during their 7-0 win over the Canadiens. (Getty)

BOSTON -- From the drop of the puck until the final horn, the Bruins offensive effort was relentless on Thursday night against the visiting Canadiens.

After Johnny Boychuk got the ball rolling just 1:01 into the contest, the rout was officially on. Regardless of who was in net or what the score was, the Black and Gold's hunger to increase their lead never waned.

"Well it was really important," center David Krejci said of Boston's solid start. "It’s good for us to come out and first shift, Johnny [Boychuk] got a puck through and it went in. So it was a good start, and from the first second we were ready, the whole 60 minutes. It was a good effort by the whole team and big points."

That mention of a whole 60 minutes was no exaggeration on Krejci's part, as the Bruins narrowly missed burying their eighth goal of the evening, but the puck crossed the goal line just milliseconds after time ran out in the third period.

"A little message, it was just a really big game for us, we were coming in strong and getting the two points," Krejci said when asked about the Bruins non-stop effort to bury the Habs. "But that’s what it is, like I said a good effort by our team, and I’m happy to get the two points."

While many foresaw a potential bloodbath at TD Garden, as this was the first meeting between the two clubs since the Max Pacioretty incident, such was not the case as only fight ensued in the contest.

"Well it could’ve been, maybe not," Krejci said when asked if he thought the game would be a scrappier one. "After what happened, we were going to play a game, no fighting, and they decided to play the same way and we were the better team tonight so we won the game."

The Bruins, quite simply, beat the Canadiens at their own game. While the physicality and testiness was there in spurts, Boston merely flexed their offensive muscles from start to finish.

"Score aside, it’s more that we’re happy the way we played, happy the way everyone showed up and played the game the right way," said winger Shawn Thornton. "We were strong on pucks, we didn’t turn too many biscuits over. We were pretty good all around."

With an oft-mentioned potential matchup with the Canadiens looming in the first round of the playoffs, it was an effort and a decisive victory they sorely needed.

"Yeah we really got ready," Krejci said of his team's preparation for the big tilt. "We were focused, we were preparing for this date and we wanted to show up and be ready to get a win tonight. No matter what’s going on, we can focus on hockey, support each other out there, go out there and play the game."

Now with a five-point lead over Montreal in the Northeast Division, the Bruins have their sights set on playing solid, consistent hockey down the stretch before the postseason kicks off.

"It’s huge," Thornton said of his teammates getting on a roll. "We’ve talked about it, we’ve addressed it. You want to go into the playoffs on a bit of an upward swing. Being consistent is a big part of that."

For Krejci, who had a game-high three points in the 7-0 victory, the opportunity to get another shot at going deep in the playoffs can't come soon enough.

"Yeah I’m so excited," the Czech pivot said. "Last year we went to playoffs and I was thinking, I don’t want to play these 82 games. It’s such a big difference, playoffs and regular season. I’m excited it’s finally coming here and I’m looking forward to it."

If they can come anywhere close to matching their performance tonight when the postseason rolls around, Krejci and the Bruins should have plenty of playoff action to look forward to.