Thursday morning was David Krejci’s first day on the ice after last week’s painful events.

The Czech Republic center went through a few line drills, took a few face-offs and absorbed a little body contact courtesy of an energetic Shawn Thornton at Scotiabank Place. That’s a far cry from the stationary bike work that Krejci was doing in Winnipeg on Tuesday just a couple days after taking a Johnny Boychuk slapper right off the top of the right knee.

He’ll be a game-time decision according to Bruins coach Claude Julien after the pre-game warm-up, but Krejci said he miraculously started feeling better when he woke up in Ottawa on Wednesday. Apparently 72 hours is the going recovery rate for a hockey player that nearly had his kneecap blasted off with a direct hit from a 100-mph laser beam.

“Nobody skated yesterday. The first two days were awful, then yesterday I woke up and it was so much better,” said Krejci. “Today was even better. So it’ll be a game time decision [tonight]."

“Guys get hurt and other guys need to step up. That’s obviously the case right now. We’ve got [Kelly] and [McQuaid] out – not including myself – so we shouldn’t wait for them. We need to start winning and we need to start playing a great 60 minutes of hockey. Playoffs are coming and it’s going to be here before we know it. So we definitely need to switch it on and leave it there until the end of the season. That’s how we have to play and it starts tonight.”