Boston Bruins

Apr 29, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; As Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju (10) skates away as Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (center left) celebrates his goal with defenseman Mike Reilly (6), defenseman Connor Clifton (center right) and center David Krejci (46) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The kind of instant chemistry formed between Taylor Hall and David Krejci is rare.

Typically, you only find that kind of instant connection after a series of fights followed by karate in the garage and rumpus-time bunkbed-making with or without power tools. But the Bruins clearly have something special cooking on their second line with Hall and Krejci (and add Craig Smith to that equation while we’re at it), and highlight goals have become their new norm.

Two nights after Hall danced around Sidney Crosby on his way to a win-sealing rip through Tristan Jarry, Krejci decided to play superstar with a deke-and-dish to Hall for a goal that honestly might have relegated the Sabres to the ECHL.


“You know, there’s nothing much to it,” an almost annoyingly humble Krejci said after the game when asked about the moves. “I knew Hall was going to be there. And, you know things happen really quick on the ice. I’m glad it worked out.”

As you’d expect, the rest of the Boston roster wasn’t as nonchalant about the tally and the line’s recent and immediate success.

“I mean, some of those things grab your attention,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Krejci-to-Hall sequence. “It’s undeniable. Hall’s goal the other night in Pittsburgh was one of those plays. Certainly you notice those things and then why not there? As a fan of the game, I appreciate them. I just want them to happen for us, obviously more than than against us.

“But you got to appreciate good hockey.”

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