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‘Krug-mania’ taking over the Stanley Cup playoffs

Jun 1, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

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Torey Krug has suddenly become a focal point of these playoffs.

The Boston Bruins defenseman, who stands all of 5’9″ and 180 pounds, had all of three NHL regular season games to his name until these playoffs and suddenly he’s become a very productive player on a team that is challenging for a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

‘Krug-mania’ has taken over, even if he wasn’t a big-name player at the start of the spring.

He is now. That’s what happens when you’re a supposedly under-sized blue liner, with limited NHL experience, and you suddenly score four goals in five playoff games.

“I don’t know, he’s got the hot stick right now. He’s playing strong. He’s playing hard. You know, a lot of people didn’t expect that he would be as solid as he is,” Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski told reporters.

“I knew he would be.  He’s that type of player.  He’s pretty hard-nosed, especially for a small guy, he’s really solid.”

Krug’s recent rise to prominence is not only unexpected, but it’s a feel-good story. Sure, Matt Cooke will draw headlines for obvious reasons. Same with Jarome Iginla.

Krug is a story of someone who wasn’t a star player but who is now in the spotlight. He made history in the second round against the New York Rangers, becoming first defenseman to score four goals in his first five playoff games.

“This is an unbelievable story,” former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes told 98.5 The Sports Hub, as per CBS Boston.

“You want to talk about cojones, this guy is not afraid to jump up in the play. He wants the puck on the stick and oh by the way it’s the playoffs and he’s not fazed. I think he’s really jump-started the Bruins with his ability to skate and pass the puck out of pressure, and still make plays in the offensive zone.”

 

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    He better hope that Douglas Murray doesn’t lay him out💤💤💤💤

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      Bet that took you all of 2 seconds to come up with that right?

    • mgp1219 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Like Murray has any chance to hit what he cannot catch. He’ll be on the ice when the B’s score most of their goals.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Krug better hope he doesn’t get toe-dragged out of is jock by Neal or Crosby like Karlsson did. Poor guy was so embarrassed that he’s still getting over it.

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      • nunan - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Again people, he is a member of the third pairing. He isn’t going to be out there vs the Pen’s star players, nevermind having to deal with another d’man bearing down on him, like Murray. The guy has been a lightning rod for the Bs the past 5 games. It’s a good story. Leave it at that.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Here’s the problem with your theory. Coach B has last change at home, and it gets very difficult for Bs D to change on the fly in the second period. Krug will be getting his share of the offensive power coming at him, unless coach J roles 5 D.

      • nunan - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        I’m aware but it isn’t going to be this thing where he is constantly out there against them and everyone is saying “wow, Crosby/Malkin/etc is really taking advantage of Krug tonight.” He is going to see very limited time against them. He’s going to get his 10-15 minutes of ice time, which includes the PP..and the Bruins have enough trouble getting on the PP as it is. That being said, he isn’t poor defensively. Everyone just focuses on the offense he’s brought.

    • megandolecki - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Well considering that Krug, a USA BORN player, is gonna lay out the biggest CANADIAN BABY in the game, I think that everyone else should watch out…

  2. sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Look at his stats with Providence. He has plenty of scoring ability for a defenseman, and he’s shown it.

  3. pirovash88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Everyone seems to be underestimating the bruins, they’re a solid team and i think they have a good shot against the pens. Don’t forget that amazing comeback against toronto, this team can play some damn good hockey when out under pressure.

  4. ironmike778 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Krug has been an awesome surprise. Been way too long since we had defenseman with his style.

  5. tlndma - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I would like to see him on 1st unit power play instead of Chara. He moves the puck quicker and it would give Chara a break.

  6. operwapitsai - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    kruuuuuuuug! go green!!!

  7. bleedrangerblue - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Chris Kreider came in the same way last yr scoring in playoffs for Rangers. Teams will figure him out and neutralize him.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      True, but if they concentrate on him, that will probably leave other Bruins open.

  8. drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    “Krug is a story of someone who wasn’t a star player”

    This is an odd statement. He wasn’t a star because he’d never played in the bigs before. But he’s 22 and has been an offensive standout at D everywhere he’s played. Heck, he was probably considered a star at Michigan, where he played three seasons and put up big numbers.

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