Prior to last night, the last time David Krejci suited up for a postseason game was last spring, in the third game of the Bruins' second-round series against the Flyers. Turns out, it was the last postseason game Boston won. Krejci was knocked out by a wrist injury that required surgery and his teammates lost four straight in arguably the most painful playoff elimination in franchise history.

The Bruins have put that disappointment in the rearview mirror, and last night was a new opportunity for playoff success as their first-round series against the Canadiens began at TD Garden.

Krejci, who finished this season tied with linemate Milan Lucic for the team lead with 62 points, said he was healthy and excited about the possibilities.

"You wake up and you know what's ahead of you and you get excited and that's a good thing,'' said Krejci. "As long as the guys are excited for the playoffs, then you're going to have fun in the room, and we will be ready to go.''

Although he has had a fine season, Krejci knows he needs to pick up his offensive pace. In the last seven games of the regular season, he had one goal and one assist. He had been held without a point in three straight games heading into last night.

"I would like to keep playing the way I was playing, especially the second half of the year this year and last year in the playoffs,'' he said. "Obviously, it's not easy, but we have a good team this year and we have good depth, so that should help each guy on the ice. Hopefully I can bring my 'A' game and help us win some games.'