Torey Krug

Game 1 mistake won’t deter Bruins rookie Krug


Boston’s Torey Krug has been huge for the Bruins’ success this postseason. Last night, however, it was his “terrible turnover” that turned into the game-winning goal in triple-overtime.

Krug faced the music at today’s off-day press conference and said if he had to do it all over again, he’d do it pretty much the same way.

“I’d probably try again in the future. I would just execute it differently,” he said. “For me, playing that way, you have to have a short-term memory. I think the best players do. I’ll quickly forget about it. I’ll learn from it.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien certainly hopes he will, but he won’t throw him under the bus for his mistake.

“It’s easy to focus in on one thing,” Julien said. “Yes, it was a mistake  to throw that puck up the middle. If you look back at the play, I didn’t think we had a great line change and he didn’t have a ton of options. I think there could be some blame shared on that goal.”

If the Bruins are going to even things up in Game 2, they’ll need everyone to be sharper.

PHT Morning Skate: Are ‘Hawks or Bruins on verge of being a dynasty?

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins is checked by Ryan Stanton #55 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game One of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell had successful surgery on his broken right fibula this week. (CSN New England)

When the Boston Bruins or Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this year, will that make the team a dynasty? (Toronto Star)

Recently appointed Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is a big fan of Twitter, but he’s run into a problem since he got his new gig. “The phone buzzes every time somebody follows me on Twitter and I don’t know how to turn it off.” (Edmonton Sun)

Detroit’s AHL-affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, have taken a 3-0 series lead in the AHL finals. (

Before Game 1, Boston Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr reflected on his previous Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks — all the way back in 1992. (CSN New England)

Joe Pavelski isn’t set to become an unrestricted free agent until the summer of 2014, but the San Jose Sharks might not wait to re-sign him. (CSN Bay Area)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is recovering nicely after undergoing offseason hip surgery. (The Tennessean)

Recaps of Game 1 from Chicago and Boston’s perspective. (CSN Chicago/CSN New England)

Highlights from Chicago’s 4-3 triple-overtime win over Boston:

‘Terrible turnover’ from Bruins’ Krug leads to Bolland goal

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One

Boston Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask didn’t hold back.

Following a highly emotional night, Rask let it be known exactly how he felt about a Torey Krug turnover that led to the Dave Bolland goal at the eight-minute mark of the third period that began the Chicago Blackhawks’ comeback, on their way to a 4-3 triple overtime victory in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

According to a tweet from Joe Haggerty of, Rask called it a “terrible turnover” that led to the Bolland goal.

Krug had become something of a media darling in these playoffs. He stands only 5’9″ and had all of three NHL regular season games under his belt prior to the post-season.

He also became the first ever defenseman to score four goals in his first five playoff games, a feat he accomplished in the second round against the New York Rangers.

But Krug struggled against the Blackhawks, and was a minus-two in 19:36 of ice time in his first ever Stanley Cup Final game.

Julien: Bruins don’t gameplan for ‘Mr. Shaw’

Andrew Shaw

The Boston Bruins aren’t going to concern themselves with Andrew Shaw.

That was the story following Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, as B’s head coach Claude Julien said his club isn’t strategizing how to silence Chicago’s gritty forward — even though he was a force.

“I don’t think we do our gameplan around Mr. Shaw,” Julien explained. “Our gameplan is against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“We know he’s an agitator, we know he’s good at embellishing too, at times. We know all that stuff.”

In addition to scoring the game-winning goal in the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history, Shaw stuffed the stat sheet.

He finished with a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating, a team-high nine hits, one takeaway and won his lone faceoff on the evening — all in a career-high 24:03 time on ice.

Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say enough about the performance.

“He’s a competitor,” Quenneville explained. “He does things game in, game out. The bigger the stage, the bigger the challenge, he rises to the occasion.”

Shaw now has nine points in 18 postseason games, and is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s best performers in the clutch.

He’s tied for the team lead in game-winning goals, with two, and played a key role in kickstarting the Blackhawks’ two-goal rally in the third period by setting up Dave Bolland to cut Boston’s lead to one.

The pass to Bolland was a pretty one, but it was Shaw’s grinder tendencies that had his head coach raving.

“[Shaw] knows where the front of net is. Doesn’t have to be pretty,” Quenneville said. “He’s a warrior. He’s one of those guys that you appreciate he’s on your side and he’s relentless.”


Quenneville: Bruins’ HuLK line ‘had a monster game’

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One

The HuLK line was in fine form throughout most of Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins’ trio of Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci combined for five points on the night, with Lucic scoring the first two goals of the night for Boston.

And it wasn’t just in Wednesday night.

It’s been throughout the playoffs, with Krejci leading the league in playoff scoring, and Horton leading in the plus-minus category.

“We haven’t seen this team there. I thought offensively, defensively, I don’t know if we’ve seen a line like that all year,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters.

“I thought they had a monster game, their top line. Maybe we were looking for a little bit more balance, keeping aware of that line. But they were tough to handle.”

The trio lost one of its members in overtime, however.

Horton appeared to injure his shoulder in the first extra period and did not return to the game. There was no update on his condition following the game.

The Blackhawks eventually came back to win 4-3 in triple overtime.