What's the Round 1 Issue?
David Krejci has been the scoring engine that quietly drives the Boston Bruins' offense. On a line with Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic, Krejci led his team with 69 points in 2013-14. He also led Boston's playoff point scoring during the 2013 playoffs and when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
This year, Krejci's linemates are producing, but he is not. Through eight playoff games, he has just three assists and is a minus-three.
How It Affects Round 2
As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com points out, Krejci has drawn some tough matchups in these playoffs—first against Pavel Datsyuk, then Tomas Plekanec. Still, one point in three games against Montreal is not up to the usual standards of a man who has led the playoffs in point scoring for two of the past three seasons.
Going into Game 3, a 4-2 loss in Montreal, Krejci wasn't worried.
"I feel great," he told Haggerty. "I feel like I've been skating well and controlling the game for the most part. The puck isn't going in the net for me, but as long as my lineys are hot – or my teammates – it's all good."
Both of the Bruins' losses so far against Montreal have been by two goals or fewer. If the Habs can hang on to win the series over the favored Bruins, Krejci's lack of production will come under serious scrutiny.