Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug's gargantuan hit on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas in Monday night's Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final was the type of collision an NFL player would be proud of.

Krug skated the length of the ice and just bulldozed Thomas, firing up the TD Garden crowd and New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who offered the following reaction on Twitter:

Here's a replay of Krug's devastating hit:

That's the kind of hit you'd expect from an NFL safety or linebacker. Krug, despite being listed at 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, throws his weight around as well as any player on the B's roster. Bruins rookie defenseman Connor Clifton summed it up well after Game 1, saying "You don't want to get that guy mad" when describing Krug.

The Bruins clearly were energized by Krug's booming check, as they closed out the final 10:19 of the third period to secure a 4-2 victory to open the series. 

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