|Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins ‘really becoming a well-oiled machine’||03.14.14 at 1:24 pm ET|
NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss how the Bruins are playing after the trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
After defeating the Coyotes, 2-1, Thursday night, the Bruins are on a seven-game winning streak.
“They’re strong,” McGuire said. “They really are tight as a group. They haven’t messed with the integrity of their roster. Their defensive-zone posture’s getting better and better all the time. I think Andrej Meszaros is going to fill in well with Zdeno Chara. He’s going to help the power play as well.
“They’ve done a lot of things well there in Boston for a long period of time now, and when you watch them play you get the sense that this is a group that’s really becoming a well-oiled machine.”
During that span of time, Carl Soderberg has played at center while Chris Kelly has made the move to wing.
“The way Chris Kelly has been able to move over to wing rather than being center so Carl Soderberg, who is much more comfortable playing center, can play center — I think you’ve seen Soderberg really start to rise, and Kelly’s been a great trooper handling the assignment moving from center to wing,” McGuire said.
“People always want to talk about the young star, they don’t want to talk about the old guy that’s moved over to accommodate this, and obviously the extra ice helps Soderberg a lot, and not having to play on the boards helps him a lot, but Chris Kelly deserves a lot of credit for this. He really does. I think he’s done valiant work.”
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On Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug sitting out: “I think there’s a lot that goes into it. I don’t think it’s about one person or two persons. … I think it’s about the way the team needs to play. One of the things you try to do too is keep your roster competitive at this time of year and have guys fighting for ice so that everybody stays fresh but everybody stays focused. I like the way the Bruins are handling things. Is it easy to watch Dougie Hamilton sit out back-to-back games? No, because I think Dougie’s starting to make significant progress in his career. Is it easy to see Krug sit out? No, it’s not. But, again, this is part of having a competitive, deep roster, and that’s one of the things I admire so much about the Bruins.”
|Torey Krug breaks out of midseason slide with career night against Jets||01.04.14 at 5:46 pm ET|
After bursting onto the scene by scoring four goals in his first five playoff games during the Bruins’ memorable Stanley Cup run last season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound blueliner picked up right where he left off, recording 15 points over the team’s first 24 games this year.
While the Michigan State product impressed many with his dynamic offensive skill set, he could not keep his great production going, eventually falling into a midseason slump. Prior to Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Jets, Krug had not scored a goal since Dec. 8 and had just two goals over a 26-game stretch.
Luckily for the Bruins, Krug was able to break out of his recent skid with a three-point effort (two goals, one assist) against Winnipeg on Saturday at the TD Garden. It was the rookie defenseman’s third multi-point game this season and first-career three-point game.
“He played well,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the game. “When he’s on top of his game offensively, he makes things happen. … He got the shots on net, was good and again, just a few times, it’s about him making safe plays at times, and that’s a part of his game that he’s working on right now, but I liked his game a lot tonight.”
Saturday’s contest did not start out well for Krug, as he turned the puck over around halfway through the opening period, creating a Jets rush that eventually resulted in a goal from Dustin Byfuglien, giving Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating. … It’s all about forgetting and putting it in the past and making plays moving forward, and that’s what we did tonight,” Krug said.
Krug would make up for his defensive miscue just a little over four minutes later, as he executed a beautiful cross-ice to right wing Daniel Paille, who sent it past Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game at 14:06 in the first period.
Said Krug: “I was going to shoot it, but at the last second I saw [Paille] popped back up, and it was nice that it worked out and he put it in the net.”
Krug finally found the back of the net a little over three minutes into the second period. The blueliner fired a shot from the left point that got past Pavelec, who was being screened in front by Bruins left wing Justin Florek, playing in his first NHL game.
“When you’re not contributing it’s tough, but it is a good feeling when you get the first one,”Krug said .”Actually, I was hoping [Florek] got his first NHL goal, I was hoping he tipped it, but it was nice.”
Krug would notch his second goal of the afternoon just four minutes later, as the rookie fired a shot from the top of the left circle that went through the legs of Jets wing Eric Tangradi and was deflected into the net.
With his three-point effort, Krug now has 23 points on the year, including 10 goals, which tie him with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Nashville’s Shea Weber for the league lead in goals amongst defensemen.
The Bruins will now head back out on the road, as they will face off against the Ducks, Kings and Sharks over the next week. While Boston faces a tough task in playing against some of the top talent in the Western Conference, Krug made note of the fact that finishing strong on their three-game homestand at the TD Garden was of the utmost importance for the Black and Gold.
“Yeah, it was important. There’s three teams, I think Claude mentioned they lost collectively six games at home between three teams,” Krug said. “So for us, we know it’s going to be tough getting points in there, and we wanted to finish our little homestand on a high note.”
|Torey Krug nets two in win over Jets||at 3:33 pm ET|
Torey Krug got back to scoring with a pair of goals in a 4-1 Bruins victory over the Jets Saturday.
Krug, who had just two goals over the previous 26 games, raised his season total to 10. He was a game-time decision with an undisclosed ailment, but remains the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to have played in every game this season.
Dustin Byfuglien scored the game’s first goal by beating Tuukka Rask with a shot from the top of the left circle, but it would prove to be the Jets’ only goal of the game. Daniel Paille, who had earlier missed a golden opportunity and taken a goaltender interference penalty in the process, tied the game at 14:06 of the first period.
Krug scored his first goal in 12 games as he fired a slapshot past Justin Florek and Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec. He picked up his second of the day on a puck that went off Jacob Trouba’s stick on its way in. Reilly Smith scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season off a feed from Brad Marchand halfway through the third.
The Bruins will embark upon a three-game west coast road trip, with the first of three games in California coming Tuesday against the Ducks.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Krug had seen his scoring come to a screeching halt, so a two-goal performance has to be encouraging for the rookie defenseman. Though his decision-making and defensive play still aren’t outstanding, a return to scoring would be a good start to a second-half turnaround for Krug.
– Paille now has three goals in his last four games. He had three in his previous 31, so perhaps the time off he had while recovering from a mild concussion helped reenergize the fourth-line winger.
– Florek had a strong showing playing on the fourth line in place of Jordan Caron Saturday. The 6-foot-4 winger’s best work came in front of the net as he provided the screen on Krug’s first goal of the game.
– Smith now has six goals in his last seven games to increase his team leading mark to 15 goals.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins had to spend seven of the game’s first nine minutes without Zdeno Chara on the ice, as he took a roughing penalty on the first shift of the game and fought Chris Thornburn shortly after getting out of the box. Thorburn had slashed Chara, which is perhaps the easiest way to rile up the Bruins’ captain.
Chara’s fight was one of three on the day, as Matt Fraser dropped the gloves with James Wright and Adam McQuaid fought Mark Stuart.
– With a goaltender interference penalty in the first period (and a bad one considering he whiffed on a puck with the net open), Paille now has penalties in back-to-back games after not taking a single penalty up until Thursday night.
– For a guy who only allowed one goal, Rask was rather unspectacular in giving up quite a few rebounds. He was also bailed out by Krug, who batted a going-in puck away after it had gone over Rask’s shoulder.
|Maintenance day for Torey Krug; questionable for Saturday’s game||01.03.14 at 1:35 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Torey Krug was missing from Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena on what Claude Julien called a maintenance day for the defenseman.
Krug did not play the last five minutes of Thursday’s overtime win over the Predators, as his last shift ended at 15:47 of the third period and he was not used in overtime. Julien said that was due to some sort of ailment and was the reason he was given Friday off. The defenseman appeared to be walking without a limp following the game.
Krug, who has struggled in recent weeks and has just two goals in the last 26 games, is the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to not miss a game this season. That could be jeopardy if he is kept out of the lineup Saturday against the Jets.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Julien said. “If he’s good to go, he’ll go.”
Loui Eriksson took a small step forward in the skate, as he took part in 3-on-3 drills, which included some light contact in front of the net. Julien clarified following the practice that Eriksson is still not cleared for contact. The coach said Wednesday that Eriksson is still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup.
Eriksson has missed the Bruins’ last 11 games due to a concussion sustained in the Bruins’ Dec. 7 win over the Penguins. In total, Eriksson has missed a total of 17 games this season due to concussions. He had not suffered a concussion in his NHL career prior to
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|Torey Krug expected to play vs. Canadiens||12.05.13 at 12:45 pm ET|
MONTREAL — Torey Krug will likely be in the lineup Thursday against the Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday morning.
Krug, who missed Tuesday’s practice with an unspecified injury, was one of seven defensemen to take the ice for a morning skate. The session included everybody but Adam McQuaid, who did not travel with the team. Julien said after the skate that Krug would be a game-time decision, but that he would in all likelihood be in the lineup.
“I think he looked pretty good there this morning, so he will be game-time, but I’d be extremely surprised if he didn’t play,” Julien said.
For what it’s worth, Krug had clear skate protectors over his feet for Thursday’s session, which he usually does not wear. That could be an indication of where Krug might have been hobbled, but neither Krug nor Julien have shared specifics of the injury.
The Bruins’ defense pairings in the skate were Zdeno Chara with Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg with Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski with Kevan Miller, with Krug rotating in with the pairings. Assuming Krug plays, the team will likely scratch Bartkowski or Miller.
Krug is third on the Bruins with seven goals this season, three of which have been scored on the power play. If he plays, Thursday will mark his first regular-season game in Montreal.
“Hopefully,” Krug said when asked if he was good to go. “I do it every day — I just wait to see if the coaches put me in the game, and then I show up and I do my thing.”
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|Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid day-to-day; Bruins recall Kevan Miller||12.03.13 at 10:15 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Both Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid were missing from Tuesday’s practice, while Kevan Miller took the ice after being recalled on an emergency basis.
Following the practice, Claude Julien said that McQuaid had re-aggravated the lower-body injury that kept him out for eight games last month. Julien said that both McQuaid and Krug are both considered day-to-day, though he did not divulge Krug’s injury.
McQuaid had played the last three games for the B’s. Krug has played in every game this season played throughout the Bruins’ last game Saturday against the Blue Jackets without any noticeable issues.
Miller, 26, made his NHL debut last month for the Bruins when he was recalled due to injuries to McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg. The right-shot defenseman played three games for the B’s and had a career-high 20:13 of ice time on Nov. 25 against the Penguins.
Tuesday’s defensive pairings were as follows:
Chara – Boychuk
Seidenberg – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Miller
It is unclear whether either Krug or McQuaid will be available for Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.
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|Claude Julien on Torey Krug in OT: ‘He gets around’||11.26.13 at 11:10 am ET|
There is a reason the Bruins were so high on Torey Krug going into the playoffs last spring.
They knew the 22-year-old had great puck-carrying ability, great speed and a laser of a shot. All three of those qualities were on display throughout the team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. Turns out, Claude Julien is trying to unleash them more this season and overtime 4-on-4 play is perfectly suited to Krug’s skill set.
“Yeah, he gets around, he seems to find those gaps and everything else, those holes, and moves around really well,” Julien said after Krug unloaded a cannon past Marc-Andre Fleury Monday night just 34 seconds into overtime for the 4-3 game-winner. “So there’s no doubt it’s an area for him such as other players in the league; you look at guys like [Kris] Letang and other defensemen like that that love that kind of space because they move around so well. Tonight he was in the right place ‘ Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great pass there ‘ but he picked that top corner; he knew where he was going with that shot.”
Krug knows in 4-on-4 hockey during overtime, he’s going to have more freedom, more space to maneuver.
“I love it,” Krug beamed. “A lot more room on the ice to skate and play with the puck, it’s more of a possession game, you’re not just chipping pucks up the wall and if you watch me play you understand I like to play with the puck so it’s a lot more fun for me for sure.”
He didn’t take long to take advantage Monday.
“It starts with the faceoff,” Krug said. “We had good puck pursuit, I don’t remember much of it but Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable play to me on the far side. Their forwards were cheating a little bit, and I just missed the shot wide on that one and then we recovered the puck and it was just calm composure with the puck, especially up high on the blueline ‘ those are dangerous areas. Our guys were keeping track of the puck and we had really good plays.
“The key is to make sure you hit the net, because if you don’t, it’s ramming out the other way and they’re going to get a break on that. There were a few times when I missed the net; right before I scored there was a shot that, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable pass to the middle and I got down there and I missed the net and I rode up the boards so, your focus is just getting in on that.”
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