Rookie defenseman Torey Krug has been dropped from the Boston lineup for the first time this year, the club has announced.
The decision was made just prior to tonight’s Bruins-Coyotes game at TD Garden.
Krug, 22, leads all rookie defensemen — and Bruins defensemen — in scoring this year with 12 goals and 35 points, and has been a mainstay on the blueline all season long, averaging 17:23 TOI per game.
That said, Krug has just one point in his last seven games and has seen his minutes decrease recently, playing just over 12 minutes against the Rangers last week and 14:58 in last night’s win over Montreal.
The Bruins are also looking at a variety of different line combinations and pairings on defense lately, having picked up Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter at the trade deadline.
Milan Lucic was a force Wednesday for the Boston Bruins. But he did miss out on a trip to the penalty box in the first period after hitting Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Alexei Emelin from behind.
Lucic was pressing on the forecheck as Emelin went back for the puck. The numbers on Emelin’s jersey were directly facing Lucic, when he finished his check hard into the boards. However, there was no call on the play.
Emelin, shaken up from the hit, remained in the game. Lucic would score his 20th goal of the season, as the Bruins skated to a 4-1 victory.
The rivalry that exists between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens has been rather one-sided in favor of the Habs over the past few years. That changed on Wednesday.
The Bruins, playing on the road, took the game over in the second period to eventually earn a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens.
- So, how much do the Canadiens miss Carey Price? They’ve won only three times since the NHL schedule resumed out of the Olympic break, and have lost three in a row. Of course, Price is dealing with a lower-body injury and hasn’t played since the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics.
- While we’re on the topic of goaltenders, how about the play of Bruins’ puck stopper Tuukka Rask, particularly in the first period? Of his 14 saves, perhaps was none better than the right-pad stop he made on a Max Pacioretty breakaway.
- Some pretty passing here between Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Bergeron finishes it off, giving the Bruins a two-goal lead at the time.
- The Canadiens had a chance to climb over the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point and into second place in the Atlantic Division standings. They needed a win for that. Didn’t happen. They still fourth in the Eastern Conference.
- How about the play of Carl Soderberg, and the recent production? He now has 14 points in his last 15 games.
- The Bruins extended their winning streak on the road to four games, and their overall winning streak to six games. Gaining strength down the stretch drive, it appears.
Patrice Bergeron gave the Boston Bruins a two-goal lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the second period, as he finished off a pretty passing play involving Brad Marchand.
The two broke up the ice on an odd-man rush, exchanging three passes between them before Bergeron one-timed the puck past Peter Budaj. Expect to see this one on the highlight reels later tonight.
It’s Rivalry Night in La Belle Province as the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Center. You can catch the game at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or you can watch via our livestream player.
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This game promises to be a big one for the Bruins as they look to snap Montreal’s five-game winning streak in the head-to-head matchup. Speaking of five-game win streaks, the Bruins are riding one heading into Montreal tonight and have only lost once in regulation since returning from the Olympic break in late February.
Here are all the relevant links for tonight’s game:
NHL on NBCSN: Bruins-Canadiens tangle in Montreal on Rivalry Night
Bruins’ Paille out at least two games with concussion
Get your game notes: Bruins at Habs
Join former NHL goalie Jamie McLennan for an online video chat tonight