WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The open net he shot wide of about a minute and a half into the third period Thursday night was only the most noticeable and memorable of Bruins center David Krejci's failures Thursday night in the 3-2 loss to Columbus.
While Krejci was only credited with two shots wide (and no shots on net), it sure seemed like his line with winger Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic was buzzing in the Blue Jackets' end all night and might've been able to provide the Bruins an insurmountable lead with just a little more focus and determination.
After practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday, Krejci was still stewing about the defeat.
"It was definitely one of my toughest nights, I think the toughest night, of this season. (I played it) all over in my head again, all the chances I had, so it wasn't easy," he said. "But I've got to somehow forget about it. I've got all afternoon and then have a good sleep and forget all about it and get ready for (Saturday)."
Some take the positives from getting so many scoring opportunities, and Krejci wasn't completely beating himself up over the squandered chances. But he won't be satisfied until he gets to talk about what went right instead of what went wrong.
"I think we got some chances, but I've got to get rewarded on the end of the night," he said. "At the end of the night, no one's going to ask me 'how many chances did you get?' They're going to ask 'did you score a goal or not?' And I did not. That's got to change. I have to go out there (Saturday) and compete hard, play the game we're supposed to play and if I get those chances again I have to make sure it's going to get in the net."
Although he missed one game of the Bruins' three-game road trip last week due to an undisclosed injury, Krejci recorded assists in the two games he did compete in. That ran his totals for a seven-game stretch to 1-6-7 -- right where they need to be. But then just like the rest of his teammates, he struggled in Monday's loss to the Senators. The Columbus game was more on par with how he wants to play, Krejci said, except for the result on the scoreboard and his column on the score sheet.
"I liked my game on the road," said Krejci, who has tallied just 26 points (eight goals) in 46 games after a 73-point 2008-09 season. "Then we came to Ottawa and it was just a very weird game. No excuses, but & I'm not saying that that's the way I want to play for the rest of the season, but I liked the way I played on the road. Obviously, I still want to put up a little more points and if that's going to happen, I'll be happy."