Krug, DeBrusk good to go for Bruins in Game 3
The Boston Bruins’ Game 2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs could have been a costly one as defender Torey Krug and forward Jake DeBrusk were both injured on Saturday night.
DeBrusk was on the receiving end of a cross-check to the head from Nazem Kadri late in the the third period, while Krug was injured when he crushed along the boards on a big hit by Jake Muzzin. Their status for Game 3 on Monday night had been up in the air, but coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Monday morning that both players will be good to go when the series shifts to Toronto for Game 3.
This is obviously good news for the Bruins as being without even one of them, let alone both, would have been a pretty big blow to their depth.
Even though DeBrusk has yet to tally a point in the series, he was the Bruins’ fourth-leading goal scorer during the regular season with 27 goals in only 68 games.
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Krug, meanwhile, is one of the Bruins’ top-defenders and their biggest offensive threat from the blue line, finishing the season with 53 points (fifth best on the team) in only 64 games.
Their availability is an added bonus because it comes on the same day that the Leafs’ depth is going to take a significant hit when Kadri learns his fate for the cross-check that injured DeBrusk. Kadri is one of the Leafs’ top centers and is facing a significant suspension that could potentially take him out of the series. He was offered an in-person hearing for his cross-check on Saturday night, giving the NHL’s Department of Player Safety the option to suspend him for more than five games. Five games would be the remainder of the series.