David Krejci scored and added an assist in his return as the Bruins crushed the Senators 5-0 on Saturday. Ryan Spooner also scored twice in the decisive victory at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
Krejci tied for the team lead in power play ice time with 4:10. The team’s puck movement and scoring chances notably improved as a result of the centerman’s presence on the man advantage. They went 3-for-4 overall in that situation.
Punctuating his impressive return, Krejci scrapped a close rebound into the net on the PP in the second period to put the Bruins up 4-0. Patrice Bergeron added the team’s third power play goal in the final period.
Forward Ryan Spooner had one of his best games of the season, scoring twice. He netted the de facto game-winner just 8:13 into the game when he gathered a perfect bounce off a Krejci shot and fired it through Sens netminder Mike Condon.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 Senators shots to earn the 40th shutout of his career. He previously shut out the Flyers on Dec. 20. Rask is now 10-0-1 in his last 11 starts with a .953 save percentage and just 14 goals allowed in that span.
Not coincidentally, the Bruins as a team are 15-3-2 in their last 20 games and 21-10-6 overall. Furthermore, their 48 points put them in a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
David Krejci: By The Numbers
— The Bruins went 3-for-4 on the power play upon Krejci’s return to the top unit. By comparison, they went 3-for-15 in the last six games that Krejci missed.
— Despite injuries cutting his season in half so far, Krejci is enjoying a productive year when healthy. After Saturday’s win, he has six goals and 16 points in 19 games, a 69-point pace over the course of an 82-game season.
— Krejci is on a three-game point streak, dating back to Dec. 14 against the Capitals.
— No. 46 finished second on the team with five shots on goal. Meanwhile, his linemate Spooner led the way with six.
The Bruins head to Brooklyn next Tuesday to face the New York Islanders (20-14-4), who play in Colorado on Sunday.