2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

On a night with many heroes for Bruins, David Krejci remains a steadying (and lethal) presence in crunch time

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For all the talk that Brandon Dubinsky delivered about decibel meters at Nationwide Arena, Bruce Cassidy and his team weren’t expecting to just roll with the punches when it comes to the tired old mantra of “home-ice advantage” on Monday night.

Afforded a chance to close out their second-round matchup with the Blue Jackets and carve out some much-needed rest for themselves during a grueling postseason run, Cassidy harped on the Bruins’ objective of avoiding yet another Game 7 at TD Garden.

The easiest way of achieving said goal? Block out the noise and punch right back against a confident Columbus club.

“We needed to win the first 10 minutes,” Cassidy said. “I hear people saying, they come into another team's building - well, we gotta weather the storm. Well, we want to create the storm.

“We're not interested in weathering any storm. We want to go out there and let them know we're here to play, to be aggressive and assertive.”

Of course, when it comes to skating out onto enemy territory and tuning out a raucous barn, we have to remember that these players are only human — and defensive miscues, uncharacteristic fumbles and other blips are to be expected on the road, especially during the fracas that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Thing is, David Krejci’s not like most players.