David Krejci savors the moment

David Krejci can be a man of few words. Interaction with reporters is not always high on the Bruin veteran’s to-do list.

But when he does speak, he puts thought into his answers. Yet he was finding it difficult to express what playing his 1,000th game with the Bruins meant to him after he had played a big role in Monday’s 6-0 walloping of the Philadelphia Flyers.

“That’s an easy question, but a hard answer,” said Krejci. “I was obviously thinking about this game recently a lot. And I don’t know. It’s obviously a big accomplishment, playing for one franchise for an organization like this. I’m really proud of myself to be able to do that. But right now, I don’t feel much. It’s obviously a great feeling, that 1,000th game and the win. But I feel like this is one of those milestones that you appreciate once you’re done and you look back and appreciate it a little bit more.”

While the team will have a more formal ceremony on Feb. 20 when more of his family and friends can come from Czechia, it was acknowledged on Monday. Krejci’s line took the first shift of the game. Instead of waiting for the first TV break, as is often the case, it was announced after the first whistle when Krejci had changed out. Whether or not Krejci had wanted to just get on with the game or not, Patrice Bergeron stepped out of the faceoff circle so that the fans could afford a standing ovation to Krejci, who gave an appreciative wave in return.

“Mixed emotions,” said Krejci when asked about the moment. “It’s tough to answer that. Obviously, I’m so glad that they called me and they wanted me to come here. It wasn’t a hard decision to do it in the summer. It helps when the team’s doing well. You come every day to the rink with a smile on your face and you enjoy every moment because you don’t know how long it’s going to last. It was great. It was a really cool feeling.”

Krejci admitted the game was weighing on him a bit.

“Leading up to this game, I had lots of messages, lots of people talking about this game. I don’t want to say I had to cancel that outside noise but in a way I did,” said Krejci.

It was no slam-dunk that he’d reach this milestone. After the 2020-21 season, he decided to fulfill a long-held dream of playing in front of his friends and family in his native country and showing his own children what his upbringing was like.

But while a return was not definite, Krejci kept the door open for coming back to Boston, and he’s glad he did. He signed an incredibly team-friendly deal with a base salary of $1 million. Not bad for a guy who has provided 11-23-34 totals in 38 games.

“It’s been my home, right?” said Krejci. “I’m very grateful that they gave me a call in the summer to come back. Obviously there were some expectations, but I’m glad the way the team’s playing. Obviously the record’s good. It speaks for itself. I feel like this could be a special year. We’ve got some milestone tonight, Bergy a couple of months ago. We know what we have in this room. We don’t take it for granted. We’ll see how it goes, but I like the mentality of this team to stay in the moment, take it game-by-game. Practice has been good. Obviously the coaching change helped a lot and we’re obviously feeling good.”

Krejci was addressing reporters across the room from the giant water puddle in front of his stall, the remnants of the post-game celebratory shower from his teammates.

“When you hit a milestone, you have to give a speech and I was planning on saying something the last few days. But it just kind of hits you in the moment. You don’t expect it,” said Krejci. “It was a pretty special moment, the guys came up and did their thing and I’ll never forget it. It was pretty special. But my speech, I forgot everything I wanted to say.” …

Zacha breaks out

Goals have not come easily for Pavel Zacha this year. But after his new four-year deal worth $4.75 million a season was announced on Saturday night, he scored twice on Monday. The first goal was an absolute howitzer of a one-timer.

“We knew he could shoot the puck. He doesn’t shoot it enough for us,” said coach Jim Montgomery. “You hope it gives him more of a shot-first mentality, because he does have a great release and he does shoot the puck heavy.” …

Swayman swagger

Jeremy Swayman has been getting hot of late. After recording his first shutout of the season, he’s 5-0-2 in his last seven starts with a .936 save percentage.

“I think it’s patience, just knowing the shot’s coming and being prepared for it,” said Swayman. “But the guys in front of me make my job easy. It’s just awesome to be a part of a team like this.” …

Nailed

David Pastrnak was sporting black nail polish on his fingernails, courtesy of being on the losing end in the board game Bang! on family game night.

“It was either that or I had to shave my legs,” said Pastrnak, before adding with a smile, “I kind of like it, man. I’m not going to lie.”