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As Krejci Labors, is Nathan Horton Being Missed?

The brilliance of David Krejci always has manifested itself in the spring. Entering this postseason, Krejci had played in 81 career playoff games, essentially the equivalent of a full season. Krejci had 29 goals and 73 points, numbers that would better or match his single-season totals from any of seven full regular seasons in the NHL.

This begs the question: What’s wrong with him now?

In seven games this postseason, Krejci has yet to score a goal.

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He has three assists, though even those are misleading: two have come on empty-net goals, the other in the form of a second assist on the goal that Dougie Hamilton ricocheted in off Jarome Iginla’s leg in Game 4 of the Bruins’ first-round series against Detroit. Krejci is a minus-2 for the postseason – a minus-4 without the empty-net goals – though the Bruins certainly have had their share of chances with him on the ice.

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For example: in Game 1 of the current series against Montreal, Milan Lucic whiffed on a Krejci feed that could have easily been a goal; in Game 2, Jarome Iginla rifled a puck off the post. Lucic and Iginla have, at times, looked incapable of playing at the speed the Canadiens have pushed this series, albeit for different reasons.

So here’s another question:

During his time in Boston, Nathan Horton had 36 points in 43 career postseason games, including 17 goals.

Is it possible Krejci now misses his former right winger?


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