David Krejci had every reason to gloat as he fielded questions Thursday night.
I mean, you would too if you orchestrated the highlight-reel sequence that the veteran pivot put forth against the Sabres — in which he juked Rasmus Dahlin out of his jock and sent Henri Jokiharju on an impromptu Slip-N-Slide off a pair of toe drags before feeding Taylor Hall for a third-period tally.
But Krejci, understated as ever, downplayed the wizardry put forth when the puck was put on his stick.
"You know what — there's not much to it," Krejci said. "I knew Hallsy was going to be there. And, you know, things happen really quick on the ice. I'm glad it worked out."
Such is par for the course for Krejci — the soft-spoken veteran who is enjoying a much-deserved renaissance (and a newfound wave of appreciation from Bruins fans) now that he's got an upgraded arsenal of wingers at his disposal in Hall and Craig Smith.
Now, granted, even before Krejci was racking up points at a per-game rate with his revamped second (1B?) line, the veteran pivot was still excelling as a key cog in this B's line, tasked with driving a top-six grouping with a pair of forwards in Jake DeBrusk and Nick Ritchie who are — as of Friday — out of the lineup and bumped down to the fourth line, respectively.
But taking the reins of a line that had needed a shot in the arm for YEARS prior to the arrival of Hall and Smith has been one of the many thankless duties that Krejci has carried out during the second half of his tenure in a black-and-gold sweater. It's the type of role that has often led to him drawing the ire of fans due to his contract and the lack of tangible stats to back up his payout, but it's one that has made him immensely appreciated within the locker room and especially to Boston's coaching staff.