"It happened," a humble Krejci said regarding the winning goal. "If it wouldn't be for Horty [Nathan Horton], he took the hit to make a play, and other guys played a big part on the goal, [Milan] Lucic was driving the net. I was actually looking for Horty to pass, then Z [Zdeno Chara] was behind me, so I had that many options, but they took them away and I got left with the shot and luckily it went in."
Krejci, now the leading scorer in the NHL playoffs with 10 points in the opening round, was having a huge night before the game-winner. In a four-minute span in the second period, he plowed into the crease and Leafs goalie James Reimer on both his first and second goals of the game. His second goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead.
"It's a big difference if you're going back home with a 3-1 lead or a tie series, 2-2," Krejci said. "It was a big one tonight but we know the last step is the hardest."
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said Krejci always plays at a high level.
"He's always like that," Boychuk said after the epic win at Air Canada Centre. "He's a good player and he seems to find guys, and guys are in better positioning now. It's just a simpler game in the playoffs, and he makes it look easy."
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was also impressed by the play of No. 46.
"I didn't even realize he scored a hat trick today," Rask said. "I've said in the past few games here, when he's on, he's on. He does whatever he wants. He makes the right plays and scores goals, so today was a pretty good example of that."
Bruins coach Claude Julien also offered high praise for his center after the win.
"His line has been good throughout this whole series, but David tonight was certainly the guy shining," Julien said. "He's been a real good playoff performer for years for us. There are certain players who just thrive on playoff hockey, and he's one of those guys."