Krug admits he's 'a little upset' about healthy scratch

Krug admits he's 'a little upset' about healthy scratch
March 14, 2014, 3:45 pm
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WILMINGTON --  Torey Krug wasn’t going to hide the fact he was “a little bit upset” that he was scratched for the first time this season in Thursday night’s win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

“You want to be in the top six. That’s the goal at the end of the season: to make sure you’re in the lineup for the playoffs,” said Krug. “You also want to contribute any way that you can. I want to be in the top six, and I want play as much as I can.”

The 22-year-old defenseman had played in all 66 games for the Bruins this season entering the home date against the Phoenix Coyotes, and is Boston’s leading scorer among defenseman with 35 points on the season. Given that Dougie Hamilton was scratched for two straight games prior to Krug with eight NHL-caliber defensemen on the roster, it’s clearly a case of the Bruins coaching staff looking at different defense pairings in the month leading up to the postseason.

Krug totally gets that.

“You always want to play. You always want to compete," Krug said. "The competitive nature in all of us we want to play every single game, and we want to play as much as we can. You get a little bit upset, but at the same time it’s a long season. I’m one of those guys that had played in every game. Those moments of rest are important in a busy month like this.

“When you’re called upon you need to be ready to play. I was able to watch the game from a different perspective [as a scratched player], and that’s important. I don’t bug myself with [the reasoning behind it]. If I do that then I’m going to screw myself up mentally. I understand there are a lot of guys here, and we need to get some guys in games.”

It’s human nature to look for tangible reasons behind a healthy scratch for a player like Krug, and it’s tough to argue with the fact he’s only got points in two of the nine games played since the Olympic break. Krug has also gone without power play points in the last seven games that he’s played while getting exposed a bit in his own zone as the intensity has risen in the final games of the regular season.

But Krug also scored a goal against the Florida Panthers, and was a plus-2 rating against the Montreal Canadiens in the last game played before the healthy scratch. There’s also the simple fact that the Bruins have earned only 12 power play chances in the last seven games, and it’s virtually impossible to score on the man advantage under those kinds of circumstances no matter who the player is.

Krug also totally gets that.

“It’s a challenge. Some games when you get a power play early on, you get your feet wet and you see how they’re going to kill,” said Krug. “Then you get a second power play, and you’re more comfortable. Lately it seems like we’re getting our first power play in the second period, or in the third period.

“It’s tough. It’s a different approach to the game. But you can’t do anything about it. I’d like to see a team that gets two power play chances [a game] for the whole season, and see what their power play percentage is. It would be a good experiment, I guess.”

That’ll be another experiment for another year, just as Krug hopes the experiment of him as a healthy scratch is over after Thursday’s win over the Coyotes.