Former Michigan State Spartans' hockey captain Torey Krug was signed as a free agent by one of the top teams in the NHL in 2012, the Boston Bruins. While he has only played in three regular season games in his NHL career, his playoff performance has people wondering where he's been all season. In the nine 2013 playoff games Krug has skated in for the Bruins, he has scored four goals and recorded two assists for six points in total. Not bad for a rookie from Livonia, Michigan with hardly any previous NHL ice time.NHL community's notice this year with a stellar performance in the Bruins' series against the New York Rangers. He recorded all of his four playoff goals so far in five games against the Rangers, but just because he hasn't scored since doesn't mean he hasn't been making plays. Krug was all over the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, his speed and set-up ability shining in big plays.
"Pittsburgh's definitely different than the Rangers. I think it all comes back to being the same player that I was against New York," Krug said after the skate Wednesday morning before game three against Pittsburgh. "Trying to be efficient, playing with the puck more than the other team, taking control of that puck and keeping care of it. So it's just all about efficiency and not putting yourself in bad situations."
The strategy clearly worked, as Krug helped the Bruins eliminate the Penguins in four games, completing the sweep on Friday night with a score 1-0. With just over 16 minutes of playing time (more than most rookies dream of), Krug didn't record any points himself in the final game against the Pens, but had two hits and was +1 on the ice.
"I mean, obviously every time you're given an opportunity you want to make the best of it. And that's something that I really concentrated on," he said to press about his success. "You know if the coaching staff wants to go a different way, then that's their decision. But I'm just trying to do whatever I can to obviously stay in the lineup and help contribute to the team."
Krug, who's playoff efforts have been called "heroic," will hopefully continue to make Spartan Nation proud as the Boston Bruins take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals. Watch for Krug on Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00 pm EST.
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