Talking Points: Krug goal kicks off Bruins scoring spree
Torey Krug wasn’t off the charts with shots generated or offense produced throughout the game, but it was his shot from the high point spot that kick-started the Bruins offense in the first period already down by a goal. The Krug strike kicked off four goals scored in a four minute span in the first period, and essentially won the game for the Black and Gold. It was his first goal of the season in his 14th game played, and finished with three shot attempts along with a plus-2 rating in 19:07 of ice time. While it was a really slow start to the season and it will take some time for the offensive D-man to climb out of the statistical hole he’s dug for himself, it looks like Krug is starting to build things back up again following the offseason shoulder surgery.
Sergei Bobrovsky is an excellent goaltender, but this wasn’t going to be one of his good nights for the Blue Jackets. He allowed four goals on nine shots in the first period before he got yanked in favor of Curtis McElhinney, and was helpless behind a Columbus defensemen corps that kept turning the puck over in all zones. The last straw was fourth liner Tim Schaller scoring on a shot that hit the back bar and rocketed back out of the net before the refs could pick up the puck. A minute later the play was blown dead to review the video, Schaller was credited with scoring the goal and Bobrovsky was retroactively pulled from the game for the video replay goal.
The Bruins must have sensed they were playing a fatigued Blue Jackets team that had played the night before, so they pounced on Columbus after falling back by a goal in the first couple of minutes in the game. Torey Krug cranked one from the high point that ricocheted in the net off Scott Hartnell’s backside, and that opened the floodgates for the Bruins to pour on the offense. Four goals in 4:01 in the first period put the Bruins in the driver’s seat for the game, and pushed Columbus down to a place where they couldn’t effectively engineer a comeback.
Matt Beleskey has been playing at an extremely high level since serving as a healthy scratch against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week, and scored the go-ahead goal in the first period. It was a nifty little play where Riley Nash forced a turnover on a strong forecheck at the offensive blue line, and Austin Czarnik was able to pick up the puck and feed it to Beleskey for the slot shot. Beleskey buried the chance for his first goal of the season, and finished with a couple of points and a plus-2 rating along with three shots attempts, one blocked shot and a 3-for-3 performance on the draw. It wasn’t a dominant performance in 14:46 of ice time, but Beleskey made a couple of individual plays that helped sink the Blue Jackets while pushing the Bruins to victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – the number of multi-point games in the NHL for rookie Austin Czarnik after he posted a goal and two points along with a plus-2 rating in 15:08 of ice time for the Black and Gold.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I think we have a lot of confidence right now in our game, the 5-on-5 game especially, I think, is coming together. We’re playing fast, we know every time a line jumps over the boards what we’re going to get out of them. That’s a big part of it, so we’re going to continue to remain confident in our game.” – Torey Krug, who feels like the Bruins are playing at a very high level after home wins vs. the Sabres and Blue Jackets sandwiched around the loss in Montreal.