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Fresh Links: Krejci Train

David Krejci struck twice to send the Bruins onto overtime, then Torey Krug derailed the Wild’s defense to win in OT.

Minnesota Wild v Boston Bruins
Poor Charlie Coyle couldn’t buy a goal!
Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bruins derailed the Wild on Saturday night 5-4 in OT. Next up? On to Montreal tomorrow night to face the Canadiens at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Bullet points from the win include heartily welcoming Torey Krug back to action. Bruins Daily
  • In the final minute of the third period,with Tuukka Rask pulled, David Krejci scored twice within a 24 second span to send the game to overtime. Patriot Ledger
  • Seven. That was the number of penalty kills the Bruins had to survive. Conversely, it was their power play in the waning minutes of regulation time that turned the tide for Boston. Boston Herald
  • Bruce Cassidy noticed the call differential, and commented. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Not to belabor the point, but review some of the calls/non-calls and make up your own mind- or lose it. Causeway Crowd
  • The Bruins have not fared well after the close of regulation play this season, but are interestingly the only NHL team currently undefeated at home in regulation. TSN
  • Torey Krug more than made up for deflecting a puck in accidentally behind Tuukka Rask in the third. Krug “messed with (Zach) Parise’s gap” on the OT end-to-end rush that netted his gamewinning goal. HockeyBuzz
  • Krug also reminded us why he is not easily replaced. What other players will factor into his future contract negotiations with the Bruins? WEEI
  • David Backes is making conservative progress in his journey back to game action. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Nope. There’s no nod to #TeamPooh in the Bruins’ stark new third jersey. Stanley Cup of Chowder
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins had themselves a pretty solid weekend. Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • The Boston leads the Atlantic Division NHL just ahead of the Panthers, and now trail only the Capitals in the Eastern Conference NHL and in the league overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • Note that David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are still solidly among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. David Krejci, Marchand, and Zdeno Chara remain among the Plus/Minus leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is solidly among Goaltending Leaders in every category. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: The Wild are giving Ryan Donato and his fellow new-to-the-team linemates time to adjust. Bonus- details on Brett Ritchie’s and Par Lindholm’s recuperations. Patriot Ledger Anton Khudobin is part of one of the hottest goalie tandems in the NHL right now. The Hockey Writers The Panthers may have lost to the Sabres on Saturday, but their two goals came from Ageless Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari. Local lad Keith Yandle spat multiple chiclets but maintained his Iron Man status. Yahoo Bobby Robins shared a throwback memory of his time playing in Montana and the antics of Cliff the Zamboni Driver. Yee haw! @BobbyRobinsPro
  • News from around the NHL is all about the streaks. The number 13 is lucky for both David Pastrnak as well as liney Brad Marchand . Gerry Cheevers and Pete Peeters are notable for undefeated streaks. The Hockey News
  • One NHL goalie is among the league leaders, but just can’t seem to win a shootout. What to do? (The joke is that this is about Robin Lehner, and behind a hard paywall.) Chicago Tribune
  • Skunk, stripes. Robert Bortuzzo will sit for four games this time. ESPN
  • You may remember Brendan Smith as a Red Wing being laughed away from a bad mistake in taking on Zdeno Chara. (Video, 1:23) YouTube His career careened back to the minors with the Rangers. His family (including his brother, former Bruin Reilly Smith) supported him in an interesting turn- he’s now looking forward in more ways than one. Sportsnet
  • Mike Babcock put Mitch Marner in an untenable situation (as reported by the Toronto Sun, confirmed by @IanGraph of The Athletic) and apparently this sort of bad form was not a one-off, either.
  • Following the devastating Fort McMurray fire, the Frank Lacroix Arena and the community’s love of hockey became a rallying point for the city and its citizens. Sportsnet
  • You’ve enjoyed his artistry here on Stanley Cup of Chowder, now meet Getty Director of Hockey Photography Bruce Bennett. He has an interesting take on lighting Stanley Cup Final photos. (Trigger warning- shots from last year’s final.) Sportsnet