Friday, May 17, 2013

Krug's First NHL Goal Helps Bruins to Game One Win over Rangers

Score one for the small guy.

Former Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug, a 5’9” native of Livonia, Mich., made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut more than memorable by scoring the Bruins’ second goal in Boston’s 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.  His slapper from the left circle beat Henrik Lundqvist in the opener of the team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series, the first postseason meeting between the two clubs in four decades, and was also his first goal in NHL play.

It was just Krug’s fourth game overall with the Bruins, following his NHL debut at the tail end of the 2011-12 regular season in which he recorded one assist in two games. He also had one assist in his only appearance in the abbreviated 2013 NHL campaign, while recording 13 goals and 32 assists 45 points in 67 AHL contests with the AHL’s Providence Bruins.

After starring with Indiana (USHL), Krug played three years at Michigan State, from 2009 to 2012, and notched 26 -57—83 points in 114 career outings. His best season with the Spartans came as a junior in 2010-12, when he registered 12-22—34 totals in 38 games and earned both NCAA First Team All-America and CCHA Player of the Year status. He signed as a free agent with Boston shortly after MSU’ 3-1 defeat to Union College in the first round of the 2012 NCAA East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn.

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