NEW YORK -- Torey Krug has already captured the imagination of many around the Bruins with his offensive creativity and immediate production since jumping into the playoffs against the New York Rangers. The 22-year-old has a pair of goals and three points in three games against the Blueshirts in the second round of the playoffs along with a plus-2 rating, and logged a season-high 18:08 of ice time in the 2-1 win over the Rangers in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.
He admitted to taking a brief step back prior to puck drop to take in the vibrant, visceral playoff atmosphere at MSG prior to a Boston/New York playoff battle. But it was right back into game mode once he hopped over the boards for his first shift, skating with Adam McQuaid.
“It’s amazing. Sometimes the more you play you get into a groove, and feel great out there,” said Krug. “The more I get out on the ice, the better I feel. So it’s amazing that the coaching staff has that kind of confidence in me.
“When I first came into the locker room I felt really comfortable, but the more minutes you play and the more you contribute, the more comfortable you feel. You feel like a bigger part of it. I’m just hoping to keep helping and contributing.”
Krug didn’t finish with any points, but had four shots on net and a pair of blocked shots while continuing to earn the confidence of the Bruins coaching staff in all situations. Several times 6-foot-7 Brian Boyle came after Krug with heavy hits as he released the puck in transition, and each time the 5-foot-9 defenseman bounced right back without any hesitation to his game.
Even though guys like Krug are earning their playing time right now, Claude Julien said he’s looking forward to players like Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden coming back to full health, and the difficult decisions that will come right along with it.
“I’ll take the tough decisions because it means you have options,” said Julien. “When you don’t have tough decisions that can mean you don’t very many options, and that’s usually not a good thing.”
The rise in ice time for Krug along with the responsible, controlled offensive aggression and ensuing production also continues to cement the likelihood that the young defenseman will be sticking in the Boston lineup when everybody is healthy once again.