March 1, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is congratulated by Boston Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo (14) and Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) after scoring a goal during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Bruins 4, Devils 3 (OT): David Krejci, Boston Down New Jersey In Overtime

On Thursday night, the struggling David Krejci wrung in March nicely by scoring the game winning goal and an overall hat trick in the Boston Bruins' 4-3 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Bruins Vs. Devils, VIDEO: David Krejci's Hat Trick

After having a disastrous February, Boston Bruins center David Krejci gave B's fans to build on, as he got off to a flying start in the month of March. On Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, Krejci recorded a hat trick, with the third and final goal coming in the overtime period, giving the B's a 4-3 win at home.

Krejci, 25, has had a somewhat disappointing season to this point. Krejci signed a three-year extension in December that will pay him approximately $5.25 million each season. His drastic decline ever since signing that extension has got people wondering whether he's just taking the money and running with it. And they have good reason to wonder. Along with just scoring one goal in the month of February, he has been shifted all around in the B's front line. He's been a center on the top three lines and was even utilized as a first line right winger for a few games by head coach Claude Julien.

Still, Thursday's performance by Krejci should give B's fans some hope. Watch David Krejci's hat trick from Thursday night in the video below, courtesy of dafoomie:

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Bruins 4, Devils 3 (OT): Krejci Has A Few Tricks Up His Sleeves; Gives B's 4-3 OT Win

It wasn't a bad way for the Bruins to start the month of March, and it was an even better way for David Krejci to start his month, after scoring his first hat trick this season and the second of his career.

He was a borderline savior tonight, after the Bruins let up three unanswered goals in the second period and looked dismal enough to carry on their recent trend of giving up leads.

Even more troublesome for Krejci, was his lack of production as of late. Prior to tonight's game, Krejci only had two points in his last thirteen games. He sat on a first line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, who was then switched out with different forwards including people like Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly.

Finally, tonight Claude Julien put Tyler Seguin into the mix and the results and the differences it made were palpable. Just 1:13 into the game, Krejci found the back of the net for his first goal, putting the Bruins up 1-0 early with a wrist shot in the slot.

His line continued to shine, and seven minutes later, Lucic pushed his way through the Devils defense and into the attacking zone, only to turn and find Seguin at the top of the slot to put the Bruins second goal of the game in.

"Last year when I came back, when I missed three games in January we played I think about five games together, and we also played well I remember the Colorado game in Colorado where the three of us played together," Lucic said about him and his linemates. "I think it was a spark for all three of us to play as a line and it was great that we were able to get some results tonight."

Add a fight in the first period between Shawn Thornton and Eric Boulton, and all of a sudden, things started looking up for the previously battered team.

That is, until the second period.

There was little the Bruins could boast about in the middle frame, after being outshot 5-0 in the first couple of minutes, only to give up three unanswered goals to New Jersey.

Joe Corvo was the scapegoat for the Bruins after giving up two turnovers in the period that resulted in two of the three Devils goals.

The first goal was from Zach Parise 6:27 into the second with the assist going to Ilya Kovalchuk. The Bruins continued to show some lethargy giving up two more goals (and the lead) in the remaining 14 minutes to Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.

However, in typical Bruins fashion, they showed their strength in the third period and Krejci capitalized 5:30 into it, tying up the game with plenty of time left to spare. Though the B's were outshot 8-4 in the third, they were able to hold onto the game and bring it into overtime where Krejci lifted a rebound over the pads of Brodeur and into the back of the net, as the hats came raining down on the ice.

"Obviously, it’s been kind of an up and down year for David and it’s been frustrating at times for him, but it’s great to see him work through it," Lucic said. "Looking back, it kind of all started at that St. Louis game where he wasn’t getting the points, but he was playing well so it was good to see him get rewarded tonight."

By the way, of all the hats on the ice, Krejci picked up the yellow curly wig.




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Bruins Vs. Devils Score Update: B's Give Up Three Unanswered Goals; Down 3-2 After Two Periods

After posting two quick goals in the first period, the Bruins entered the second period and gave up three unanswered goals to the Devils, falling quickly behind in all aspects of the game.

Both teams were able to get some quality scoring chances, each with 11 shots in the second period, but it was Boston who was out of sorts and gave up some shooting lanes and positioning that led to the goals.

The second period started off radically different than the first, as the Bruins were outshot 5-0 in the first part of the period. They were giving up a lot of turnovers, and didn't have quite the momentum or speed as they did in the first.

6:27 into the period, Zach Parise scored his 24th goal of the season, with a snap shot past Thomas, putting them within one goal of the Bruins early on.

Teammate Patrik Elias followed en suite eight minutes later, backhanding in through Thomas, while David Clarkson put some extra emphasis on the period with less than three minutes to go, with a wrap around goal for his team-leading 25th goal of the season.

Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo looked out of sorts for much of the period, and was benched after Elias scored his goal, giving up turnovers in each of the first two goals.




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Bruins Vs. Devils Score Update: B's Come Out Flying, Take 2-0 Lead After First

The Bruins desperately needed to change something in order to get back to winning ways, and for the time being, Claude Julien looks like a genius.

Placing Tyler Seguin on the line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, the reformed line quickly made a positive impact and scored two goals in the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Krejci found the back of the net just 1:13 into the game, after Seguin broke through the zone with some impressive speed and found a crashing Krejci. Krejci put one in off Martin Brodeur's leg pad and into the back of the net for his 14th of the season.

The line didn't stop there, and seven more minutes into the period, Seguin put in his 21st goal of the year after Lucic powered through the Devils defense and made a quick turn and fired to Seguin who was there to put it in.

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas earned his first assist of the season as well with that goal.

Thomas also picked up ten saves, while Brodeur made seven saves.

Shawn Thornton showed how tough it is being him, squaring off against Devils tough guy Eric Boulton just after the Bruins scored their first goal. He was sent back to the locker room after after for repairs though. It was his 17th fighting major of the season.




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Bruins Vs. Devils: Johnny Boychuk, Mike Mottau Out, Greg Zanon In For B's

Johnny Boychuk, who recently suffered a mild concussion, will be out again Thursday night for the Bruins, as will fellow defenseman and recent acquisition Mike Mottau. Greg Zanon, acquired by Boston at the trade deadline, will make his team debut as well. Naoko Funayama, the Bruins reporter for NESN, updated each player's status via Twitter.

Boychuk has been out since taking a nasty hit on Saturday from Ottawa's Chris Neil, and it's unclear when he will return to the ice. With Boychuk out and Joe Corvo struggling, the Bruins made an aggressive push to acquire a pair of veteran defensemen in Mottau and Zanon.

Mottau debuted for Boston on Tuesday night against Ottawa, collecting one shot on goal and nearly 11 minutes of ice time. He'll take a seat tonight in favor of Zanon, who should fit into head coach Claude Julien's system. The 31-year old Zanon has some familiarity with the Bruins organization, having been drafted by Ottawa in 2000, when current Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli was a member of the Senators' front office.

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Bruins Vs. Devils: B's Focus On Starting New Month On Right Foot

With a new month comes a new focus, and the Bruins will certainly have to come up with a new alignment if they hope to enter the playoffs with any kind of swagger, and the Devils are their first target.

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