Throwback: Krejci Beats the Clock

With the recent news of David Krejci opting to return to his native Czech Republic after 14 seasons in Boston, it would be fitting to take a look back at an unappreciated moment by the Bruins’ perennially underrated star. 

Start of the Game

It’s October 24th, 2013, the Bruins are hosting the San Jose Sharks in an early-season heavyweight bout between two of the NHL’s best teams. As usual, it is a sellout crowd in the TD Garden, however tonight the Bruins are taking a backseat. Just down the road, the Red Sox are playing Game 2 of the World Series. 

The Sharks have carried the bulk of the action for the first two periods, outshooting the Bruins 25-10. However, the Bruins are able to get on the board first. Jarome Iginla pounced on Dennis Seidenberg’s wide shot off the end boards and slipped it by Antti Niemi to score his first goal in Black & Gold and give the Bruins the lead against the run of play.

San Jose answered quickly at the start of the third period. Tuukka Rask failed to corral Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s point shot and Patrick Marleau calmly tapped in the rebound to tie the game. 

The scoreline held through the rest of the third, despite San Jose relentlessly peppering Rask. As the clock wound down it was starting to look like both teams were content to play for overtime. But David Krejci had other plans.

With fifteen seconds left, Krejci picks up a loose puck in the corner and passes it up to Milan Lucic. Lucic carries it through center ice and dumps it into the San Jose end. He retrieves it himself, evading checks from Vlasic and Joe Thornton in the process. With just three seconds to go the puck works back to Adam McQuaid at the blueline. McQuaid quickly throws it on the net looking to find Iginla at the far post. Instead, Krejci slips free in the slot and tips the puck past Niemi, taking the lead with 0.8 seconds left.

The clock quickly expires on the ensuing face-off to seal the 2-1 win. The Bruins have handed San Jose their first regulation loss of the season. Despite being heavily outplayed on the night, the Sharks outshot the Bruins 39-17, Boston stole a stunning result thanks in part to their crafty center.

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