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Torey Krug on Boston: 'I want to be here forever'

Torey Krug on Boston: 'I want to be here forever'

Torey Krug has been with the Boston Bruins since he came into the league eight years ago. And he doesn't want to leave any time soon.

Per our own Joe Haggerty, Krug didn't mince words when talking about his future in Boston at the team's post-Stanley Cup Final media availability. He said that he wants to stay with the team "forever."

If Krug wants to stay in Boston long-term, he will have to work out a contract extension in the near future. After the 2019-20 season, Krug will become an unrestricted free agent. And as Haggerty mentioned, the Bruins are heading into "unknown waters" so they may shake up their core. Regardless, it seems that Krug wants to stay if he's able to.

Krug last signed a contract extension in June of 2016 when he agreed to a four-year, $21 million deal with the Bruins. He will make $5.5 million in the final year of that contract in the upcoming season, per Spotrac.com.

Krug, 28, put up 53 points for the Bruins last regular season before adding 18 in the postseason. He was the first Bruins player to record a four-point game in the Stanley Cup Final as well. The left-shot defenseman has played well when paired with Brandon Carlo, and it will be interesting to see if the Bruins prioritize keeping him around, especially in wake of these positive comments.

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning Thursday night at TD Garden. 

GOLD STAR: David Pastrnak was once again the shining star for the Bruins offense with a pair of goals and three points overall to go with four shots on net and seven shot attempts in 21:34 of ice time. It was Pastrnak that scored with little more than three minutes to go in the third period to tie things up and make certain that the Bruins at least got a point for their efforts on Thursday night. Now Pastrnak has six goals in his last two games and leads the Bruins with seven goals scored in seven games this season for the Black and Gold. The problems are twofold: Pastrnak isn’t going to sustain this kind of scoring pace for the Bruins, and he’s doing most of his damage on the power play rather than during five-on-five play. It’s enjoyable for the Bruins while it’s going on, but it’s also masking some big issues with this team right now.

BLACK EYE: Zdeno Chara was on the ice for a pair of goals against and made one of the biggest mistakes of the game when he allowed Brayden Point to get behind him for a breakaway goal in the final two seconds of the first period. Chara finished with a minus-2 rating in his 22:05 of ice time, had just a single shot on net and wasn’t much of a physical factor either with two hits and two blocked shots in a game where the Lightning brought plenty of physicality to the table. The Bruins obviously rebounded from Chara’s mental mistake at the end of the first period, but B’s players both young and old need to pay much greater attention to detail if they are looking for two points against teams like Tampa.

TURNING POINT: The turning point for the Bruins was the end of the first period when the B’s had effectively held down the Lightning for nearly the entire 20 minutes, and were about to go to the first intermission up 1-0. Instead, both Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy allowed Brayden Point to get behind them in the final seconds of the period, and Point beat Tuukka Rask with a slick move to his glove hand with 1.6 seconds left in the first period. That gave all the momentum to Tampa headed into the first intermission and set up a back-and-forth game that the Bruins weren’t able to come out on top of when it was all done.  

HONORABLE MENTION: Brayden Point is one of the best players in the NHL that nobody knows about. Point took advantage of the Bruins at the end of the first period when he got behind the Chara/Charlie McAvoy pairing for a goal and he played an excellent all-around game with a goal, two points, a plus-2 rating, eight shot attempts and 7-of-9 face-off wins in 21:21 of ice time. The Lightning are going the Bruins route with a huge top line of Nikita Kucherov-Point-Steve Stamkos and that line produced a pair of even-strength goals before Stamkos scored the shootout game-winner in the extra session. Point has been excellent against the B’s for a while and Thursday night was no exception.

BY THE NUMBERS: 14-of-17 – the number of goals scored by Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak over the last six games, which is great for them and really not great at all for everybody else on the B’s roster.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We win that game if we get secondary scoring from anybody else. I think that’s stating the obvious.” –Bruce Cassidy, on the lack of secondary scoring on a night the B’s lost 4-3 to Tampa in the shootout.

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Highlights from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

Highlights from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

FINAL SCORE: Lightning 4, Bruins 3 (SO)

IN BRIEF: The Bruins and Lightning went to a shootout after an evenly played game and a scoreless overtime Thursday night in Boston. But after the Bruins failed to score in every round of the shootout, Tampa went home with the win.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 5-1-1 (11 points)

HIGHLIGHTS:

PASTRNAK BURIES ONE TO PUT BOSTON AHEAD

TAMPA TIES IT UP

MARCHAND-TO-PASTA-TO-BERGERON FOR THE SCORE

LIGHTNING TIE IT AGAIN OFF A REBOUND

SHATTENKIRK PUTS TAMPA AHEAD LATE

PASTRNAK RESPONDS WITH HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT TO TIE IT

UP NEXT:
@ Maple Leafs, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN

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