Talking Points: Krug steps up for Bruins defense
Steve Mason has been much-maligned at points in his NHL career, and sometimes very much deservedly so. But the Flyers goaltender was excellent against the Bruins on Tuesday night with a 45-save effort before earning the victory in the shootout. He made a flashy glove save on a David Krejci wrist shot during the 3-on-3 overtime to preserve the tied game while the Bruins were outshooting the Flyers by a 6-1 margin. It was like that for the entire game where the Bruins were just throwing rubber at the Flyers net, and Mason was able to stop almost everything without a major issue. David Krejci and Brad Marchand finally broke through in the third period, but not enough to put Mason and the Flyers on the losing side of things.
A tough night for the officials, who were way too involved with what was happening in the third period of a close game. Whether it was the embellishment call on David Pastrnak, the penalty shot awarded to Jakub Voracek or the non-call when Matt Beleskey’s stick was snapped in half on a clear slashing play at the Bruins net, the referees were wildly inconsistent with the game hanging in the balance in the third period. Chris Lee and Jake Brenk need to be better than they were once the fur really started flying in the third.
Well, can we go with the shootout choices for Claude Julien? I know that Riley Nash has a pretty good body work career-wise in the shootout, but should the Bruins really be going with him over David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand? If the Bruins go with Marchand in their top-3 then the B’s forward buries his roofed backhander for the game-winner, and Boston goes home with two points instead of the one point. Instead both Pastrnak and Marchand are outside the top-3 shooters, and one gets the feeling the Bruins aren’t even getting to their most dangerous players until they extended the shootout.
With the Bruins badly in need of a defenseman to step up and play like a No. 1 D-man, Torey Krug was the guy on Tuesday night. He played a game-high 25:53 of ice time, registered a pair of primary assists on each of Boston’s goals in the third period, finished with a plus-1 rating and had six shot attempts in an extremely active night. He also had a rough turnover in the neutral zone that helped lead to one of Philly’s goals in the first period, but he more than made up for it with the way that he played in the final 20 minutes when Boston needed some playmakers. He might not be a No. 1 D-man, but he played like one against the Flyers.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – the Bruins now have one point in the OTL column after the shootout loss to the Flyers, and become the final of the 30 NHL teams to secure a so-called “loser point” this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“We talked about the fact it was still a game that we could win. There were going to be some dirty goals and we worked for them. You want to see that. Down the road we’re going to need that effort.” – Torey Krug, on the B’s coming back in the third period and battling for a point in the shootout loss.