NHL playoffs 2013: David Krejci driving Bruins production

Claus Andersen

David Krejci completed a hat trick on Wednesday night with the game-winning goal in Game 4. However, his scoring touch hasn't been limited to a single game this postseason.

At times, the first-round matchup between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs has appeared one-sided.

However, that wasn't the case in Game 4 on Wednesday night. While the Bruins ultimately managed to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, Toronto had a chance to even up the series heading back to Boston for Game 5.

David Krejci is the reason they didn't.

Having already registered two goals in a game tied at three heading to overtime, Krejci completed the hat trick with a golden goal that propelled the Bruins to victory and simultaneously pushed the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination.

Game 4 isn't an isolated incident for Krejci's penchent for playoff production.

The 27-year-old center has registered at least a point in each game of the 2013 playoffs. More impressively, he has registered three points in each contest with the exception of Game 2. Currently leading the team with 10 points (five goals, five assists), Krecji also claims ownership to the most goals and points of any other player in the playoffs entering competition on Thursday night.

The last time Krejci led the playoff scoring race was during the 2011 postseason when he accumulated 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 25 games. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup that season.

In addition, Krejci's linemates have also contributed a healthy amount of scoring.

Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton will enter Game 5 tied for the second most points on the team (six) after stumbling into the playoffs with disappointing finishes to the regular season. Lucic has recorded six assists, which is tied for the most in the playoffs entering Thursday night. Horton has tallied three goals and three assists, including two assists on Wednesday night. Like Krejci, Horton has recorded a point in each game this postseason.

The production from this pairing has proven crucial for the Bruins.

When looking at the team's top line combination of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, the three players have combined for a total of three points. Bergeron has tallied a goal, Marchand has registered two assists and Seguin has been held scoreless through four games.

This lack of production is consistent through the rest of the lineup.

If Krejci and Horton are excluded, the Bruins defense corps has actually registered more goals (four) than the forward group (three).

While this potentially could be a problem further down the line, Krejci's ability to finish has aided in Boston's commanding lead in the quarterfinal. The Bruins will attempt to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Semifinal in Game 5 on Friday night.

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