Krejci is known for his ability to bring his game to a new level in the playoffs. He's done it his entire professional career, even in the minors with the Providence Bruins. His true ability shines in the postseason. The past two springs, however, it has taken him a few playoff games to get going. Even though his name hasn't shown up on the score sheet, he's been playing physical and helping in other ways. But the Bruins need him and his linemates to produce.
"I have lots of NHL playoff experience," Krejci said. "Guys step up at different times, in different rounds. I'm just trying to do my job this round and try to do everything I can to give our team a chance to win the game, win the series and maybe different other series it's going to be different. But you have to take care of this one first and we've been doing pretty OK job and we're up 3-1, so why change now?"
His assist on Iginla's game-winning goal was Krejci's first of the playoffs. Overall in his career, he has 29 goals and 45 assists for 74 points in 85 playoff games. "It is nice, but for me, it doesn't matter," Krejci said of his point totals after Game 4. "If we win and I have no points, it happens just like it happened today. It doesn't matter. I'm just glad we won tonight. In a playoff, you need different guys to step up at different times. I thought our line played pretty well today, especially in the second half of the game and overtime. It's nice to see that we can do it as well against guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg. It was good to see and now we have a chance to finish it off at home."
The Bruins return home with a chance to close out this series with a win in Game 5 Saturday (3 p.m.) at TD Garden. If Boston learned anything from its Stanley Cup run from a year ago, it's to never take an opponent lightly. The Bruins also had a 3-1 series lead over Toronto in the quarterfinals, but the Maple Leafs forced Game 7, before Boston won that series.
Oddly enough, the Bruins also won Game 4 of that series in overtime. Boston now has a stranglehold on the Red Wings and would like to finish the job on Saturday.
"Being up now, we want to close it out, no question," Iginla said.
The Montreal Canadiens are waiting.