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Bruins Continue Home Dominance on Strength of Krug’s Three Points

January 4th, 2014 at 4:25 PM
By Peter Dawson

On Saturday the Boston Bruins continued their home dominance by easily defeating the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 4-1. The win added to Boston's resume as the best home team in the Eastern Conference, as the Bruins have only lost one contest at the TD Garden since Oct. 17.  

Although David Krejci was the contests' first star, the real player of the game was Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who finished the afternoon with two goals and an assist. Krug's big afternoon tied him with Nashville's Shea Weber and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson  for the league lead in goals amongst defenseman.

Both of those goals came in the early part of the second period, and broke a 1-1 game open, after Winnipeg had dominated play in the second frame. Once again, the pint-sized ball of fire provided a spark for what looked like it was going to be another sluggish afternoon.

Krug was joined on the score sheet by forward Daniel Paille (who had two points of his own), as well as Riley Smith, who continues to be a revelation for a team that is struggling with injuries at multiple positions.  

Although the B's won the tilt by three goals, the game was not as one sided as the score might suggest. The Jets controlled the play in the second period with 19 shots on goal, but were repeatedly denied by Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who ended up stopping 36 of the 37 shots that he faced.

This game also marked a rare occurrence of captain Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves against Chris Thorburn. Chara also had a penalty earlier in the first period for roughing former Bruin Blake Wheeler.  

The Bruins will begin a three game California road trip on Tuesday when they travel out to Anaheim to face the Pacific Division-leading Ducks. 

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Daniel Paille, Erik Karlsson, Hockey, NHL, Shea Weber, Torey Krug, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

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