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Torey Krug's rare playoff feat draws praise from Bruins legend Ray Bourque

Torey Krug's rare playoff feat draws praise from Bruins legend Ray Bourque

Boston Bruins defensemen were the engine that drove the team's offense in Sunday afternoon's Game 2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 Eastern Conference final, and Torey Krug was the catalyst of the group.

The veteran blueliner tallied three assists in Boston's 6-2 victory, and as a result he joined a small list of players to have multiple three-assist games in Bruins playoff history.

Krug's impressive feat also drew praise from Bruins legend Ray Bourque on Twitter:

Krug has posted 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 15 playoff games this season. His playmaking skill, smooth skating and power-play ability all have helped the Bruins rank among the highest-scoring teams in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.

A lot of praise went to the Hurricanes blue line before the series, and it was deserved, but Bruins defensemen have outplayed their Carolina counterparts so far, and it's one of the biggest reasons why Boston holds a 2-0 series lead entering Tuesday night's Game 3 in Raleigh.

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These Bruins, Blues players have most at stake in 2019 Stanley Cup Final

These Bruins, Blues players have most at stake in 2019 Stanley Cup Final

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will meet in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, and so much is at stake for players on both sides.

Whether it's cementing a legacy, trying to impress for a new contract in free  agency this summer, or trying to break an NHL playoff record, there are several Bruins and Blues players with a lot to prove over the next two weeks.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the players in this series with the most to gain.

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How the Bruins and Blues match up in the Stanley Cup Final

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How the Bruins and Blues match up in the Stanley Cup Final

The Bruins and St. Louis Blues aren’t exactly equals in all areas, but there are enough similarities that Bruce Cassidy called them “twins” when sharing his first thoughts about the official Stanley Cup Final matchup. 

Certainly, they've engaged in physical, hard-nosed and low-scoring games the past five-plus seasons when they've met and that bodes well for the entertainment value in this championship series. There are high-end, dazzling offensive talents in David Pastrnak and Vladimir Tarasenko, top flight, high-end defenders in Zdeno Chara and Alex Pietrangelo, and two very hot goaltenders in Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington.

So, there will be no shortage of excellent players and it should be a pounding series that shouldn’t lack for entertainment. It should also end with a Bruins series victory and another title for Boston based on the B's more experienced players and perhaps even a little dash of the home-ice advantage coming through in the end.

The prediction here is the Bruins in seven games over St. Louis.