Bruins blueliners still on the offensive
The Bruins’ defensemen started their offensive onslaught last year during their Stanley Cup run (in large part due to Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk) and haven’t looked back since. Torey Krug netted another goal (his fifth of the year) in the B’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars Tuesday night at TD Garden.
“Yeah, well we wanted to play on our toes so we got the forecheck rolling early and I was able to get a pinch and Carl (Soderberg) and Smitty (Reilly Smith) made a good play,” Krug said. “It’s something we want to play more aggressive coming out of the gates and that was the result of that.”
Krug has been a bright spot for the B’s through the first 14 games of the season. He has netted five goals and assisted on three others. He is fitting in nicely as he did last season during the playoffs.
Another defenseman who is off to a nice start has been Dougie Hamilton who factored in to the B’s go ahead goal in the third period.
“It was a nice pass by Krech (David Krejci) and I was trying to find that spot open in the high slot,” Hamilton said. “I just tried to get a wrister on net to that side of the net. I didn’t know who was in front-I obviously knew there were bodies, but I tried to get it to that back side and good for Looch (Milan Lucic) to be in front there.”
Hamilton has three goals and two assists in 12 games played this season in his sophomore campaign. After a few healthy scratches, Hamilton looks like he is fitting into the equation more and more moving forward.
Zdeno Chara is providing the B’s with what he always does-physicality, strength, minutes and grit. He has two goals and two assists in 14 games. He is more of a solution rather than a problem during the B’s tough stretch right now.
Although Dennis Seidenberg committed a penalty that resulted in a penalty shot last night to tie the game, he has been rock solid as always. He has four assists in 14 games and leads the team with a plus-10. He is very underappreciated by B’s fans, but Claude Julien knows what he has in a player like Seidenberg.
We can go right down the line. These B’s defensemen each bring something different to the table whether it is Adam McQuaid, Johnny Boychuk or Matt Bartkowski. If it’s one night providing the scoring for the team or it’s another night giving the B’s a lift with a heavy hit or blocking a shot, these seven defensemen never quit. It is what makes this B’s team deep.