Krug sets Boston record as Bruins go up 2 games to 1 in Cup Final
Livonia native Torey Krug (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the second period of Game 3.
Torey Krug did something on Saturday night that no other Boston Bruin had ever accomplished before.
The defenseman, a Livonia native and MSU alum, had a goal and three assists in Boston’s 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis to give the Bruins a two games-to-one series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Krug is the first player in franchise history with four points in a Stanley Cup Final game. All three of his assists were first assists, meaning he madethe pass, play or shot attempt that led directly to the goals.
“He was great, making plays happen, getting the puck out, skating, really seeing the forwards open and finding ways to get the puck to us,” Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron told the Boston Globe. “Then on the power play making some tremendous plays to find us. He’s been huge for us all year, and again he showed up in a big moment.”
Bergeron had a goal and two assists.
All four of Krug’s points came on a power play that was perfect on Saturday night. Boston was four-for-four with the extra man and only needed four shots.
Krug, 28, had six goals and 53 points in 64 games during the regular season and has two goals and 16 points in 20 playoff games this season.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has called Krug, 5-9 and 186 pounds, underappreciated as far as his all-around game is concerned.
“I said it in the sense that he’s an offensive defenseman, and offensive specialist, and people don’t realize how hard he is,” Cassidy said after Saturday night’s game. “He does play big minutes now with (Brandon) Carlo ... Torey’s stepped up. He wanted that responsibility, to be a second pair-type guy behind Zee (Zdeno Chara). He’s met the challenge.”
If there was any question about Krug’s toughness, it was answered in Game 1, when he leveled St. Louis forward Robert Thomas with a devastating hit – on which Krug flew through the air after contact – without his helmet.
The hit was Game 1’s signature moment and was viewed repeatedly on highlight shows and the internet.
Not that Krug is concerned about things like that.
“Just keep your head down and go to work,” he said. “Myself and Brandon Carlo, that’s been our motto for a long time now, and it doesn’t matter what’s going on around us. Doesn’t matter what the matchups are, doesn’t matter who we’re playing. Head down and go to work. That’s what I’m feeling now.”