May 19th, 2013 by

Player of the Game: Bruins-Rangers Game 2

Player of the Game: Bruins-Rangers Game 2

Mama, there goes that man again.

In only his second career playoff game, defenseman Torey Krug scored his second goal in as many games and added an assist for his first career multi-point night. The Bruins went on to the 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers and took a 2-0 series lead.

Zdeno Chara described how important it is to see the young defensemen contribute in the postseason.

“It’s the same question and it’s nice to get contribution from players that are not always putting numbers on the board,” said the Bruins captain. “Torey Krug scored a goal, Johnny Boychuk got a goal so we have different people stepping up. That’s important.”

Krug is supposed to be a band-aid until Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and (or) Andrew Ference return from injury , but how can you bench this kid? In addition to his two points, the rookie blue-liner had two shots on net in a very solid 12:56 of ice time. It was as if he played in this moment before.

If you have never seen an impactful 12:56 of ice time, you certainly did today with Krug. His composure, nifty foot work, confidence with the puck was a thing of beauty.

Krug had a phenomenal year in Providence under Bruce Cassidy. He tallied 13 goals while dishing out 32 assists, but his two goals in two games for the big club in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs do not compare. He is showing he belongs at this level.

He has given the B’s exactly what they needed in the absence of the three veteran defensemen: skill and offense on the blue-line.

Consider this: Krug has now more goals than teammate Tyler Seguin and Rangers stud Rick Nash. That is something to think about for a second.

Fellow defenseman Johnny Boychuk chimed in on how pleased he is with his “Three Little Baby Bear” defensemen including Krug.

“They’ve been doing a good job all of the young guys coming in and stepping their game up,” Boychuk said. “Torey scored again tonight and gets an assist. Dougie gets an assist and Bart (Matt Bartkowski) plays well. We need them to step up for us to have a good chance to win the game with a couple of our veterans out and they’ve been doing a good job by keeping it simple, getting shots through and scoring when they get that chance.”

It is one thing playing on the adrenaline in front of your home crowd, but it is another playing in a hostile environment in New York at Madison Square Garden. Krug is up for the challenge, and at this point, it looks like nothing will stop him.

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