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Torey Krug stepping up in Bruins' time of need on back end

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Torey Krug stepping up in Bruins' time of need on back end

BOSTON – Torey Krug certainly wasn’t shying away from the responsibility he felt to step up and provide some offense from the back end with Charlie McAvoy out of the lineup.

Krug did much better than simply talking the talk, however, and instead he went out and scored a couple of goals in Boston’s 6-5 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings, and also helped set up Brad Marchand’s OT game-winner in the extra session.

In all, Krug finished with a couple of goals and four points along with a plus-2 rating in 20:18 of ice time, and took it upon himself to step up and be more explosive offensively knowing one of the other main puck-movers will be out of the lineup.

“For sure. He’s [Charlie McAvoy] a guy that plays in every situation, a lot of minutes against top quality opponents,” said Krug. “You want to be the guy who they put more on your shoulders and more on your plate in front of you. Definitely the last time he went out of the lineup, I felt like I took another step in the right direction in my game. Obviously, I want to continue that this time.

“At the end of the day it’s just another in-division team that I’m always excited to play against. It’s a big moment for our team. This time of the season, we got to get as many points as we can. Obviously [it’s] a lot of fun getting the win.”

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It was Krug that got the ball rolling for the Bruins with a long bomb from the point just 37 seconds into the game, and then he crashed backdoor on the PP a little later in the first period after getting teed up with a Brad Marchand cross-ice pass. Needless to say his first game with newly acquired defenseman Nick Holden was also a successful experiment that we’ll probably see much more of in the near future with McAvoy out for at least a month.

“Torey is a good shooter. The puck is finding the back of the net. I just talked to him about his decision making: When to shoot and what’s the appropriate pass versus shot. But those are his decisions on the ice. They happen in a split second. Then, to be patient with it, not force goals, and I think he’s done a good job with that,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You look at the goals [against the Red Wings], one was when Holden took that shot from the point and [Krug] wasn’t crashing the back of the net; It was open ice and the puck found him because he was in a good spot. 

“He did go down on the power-play goal; I think it was the right play. So, some of that – he hit the post later from up top. I think he showed good patience to get into good shooting positions, and that’s a credit to him.”

With a month left in the season, Krug is in good position to set career-highs while on pace for 17 goals and 60 points and is once again averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time per game for the third straight season. All of that puts the 26-year-old D-man in a unique position to replace some of what McAvoy brings to the table on a nightly basis, and Krug did just that in a high-octane, offense-heavy win over the Red Wings.

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Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

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Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

Former Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, a Bruins trade target who they once tried to trade up to get in the 2015 draft, has been traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Calgary Flames in a deal that includes former B's defenseman Dougie Hamilton going to Carolina.

The 'Canes sent center Eric Lindholm and Hanifin, both restricted free agents who rejected Carolina's most recent contract offers, to Calgary for Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect defenseman Adam Fox, who was a third-round pick in 2016 now playing at Harvard,

The Bruins have a longstanding interest in Hanifin that goes back to their efforts to trade up for him in when he was the fifth overall pick three years ago. The Canes likely sought Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk in the hefty package they were seeking for Hanifin. 

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Bruins choose Swedish D-man, Czech forward with first two picks

Bruins choose Swedish D-man, Czech forward with first two picks

DALLAS – On the second day, the Bruins finally got involved in the NHL draft at the American Airlines Center and made a few picks. The day started in the second round (57th overall) with the B’s selecting young Swedish defenseman Axel Andersson from Djugardens, a 6-foot, 183-pounder from the Swedish junior leagues who's put up pretty good offensive numbers with what’s said to be pretty good skating ability.

"It meant a lot to me and my family," Anderson said. "My mom is in tears right now, and we just hugged each other. It was a big day for me."

In the third round (77th overall), the Bruins took Czech center/left wing Jakub Lauko, who played for Team Czech in the World Junior tournament this past season. Lauko, 18, is 6-foot, 179 pounds and is a speedy, tenacious forward from the assorted scouting reports on him. Lauko was expected to be drafted higher than the third round and certainly didn’t lack for confidence in saying he’s one of the fastest skaters in the draft.

“My speed is my biggest strength. I think I’m one of the fastest players in the draft, so I want to use my speed to help a team like Boston,” said Lauko, who said he only spoke with the Bruins scouts at the NHL combine earlier this month in Buffalo. “[Detroit Red Wings'] Dylan Larkin is the same like me. He’s a really fast guy that likes the breakaways. I think in this way we are the same.”

Lauko compared himself to Larkin and the speed game is certainly one that the Bruins are continually interested in with their prospects.

There was a very funny moment when the Czech-born Lauko was asked what his parents do (for a living), and he misunderstood the question and answered: “I don’t know? Maybe they will drink tonight.”

In the fourth round (119th overall), the Bruins took big center Curtis Hall, a 6-foot-3, 191-pounder who's committed to Yale next season and who scored 13 goals and 31 points in 54 games last season for the USHL Youngstown Phantoms.  

In the sixth round with the 181st pick, the Bruins selected 6-2, 188-pound defenseman Dustyn McFaul out of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. McFaul is considered a strong two-way D-men with good size and skating ability and is committed to play at Clarkson University. 

With their final pick (seventh round, No. 212), the Bruins selected forward Pavel Shen, 18, from Russia. The 6-1, 183-pounder got into 29 KHL games last season with 12 goals and 14 assists, which is impressive considering his age. 

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