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Torey Krug has stepped up for Boston.
Impressive Statistic: three rookie defensemen getting the job done.
The Boston Bruins lead the 2013 playoffs in a number of statistical categories. David Krejci is the leading scorer; Nathan Horton has the top plus/minus. The Bruins lead the league in faceoff percentage and hits and were the first team to seven wins.
Most impressively, they've won the first three games of their series against the New York Rangers with three rookie defensemen in the lineup.
Injuries to key veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden forced Claude Julien to open Round 2 with first-year players Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug patrolling the back end. Hamilton was practically a veteran after 42 regular-season games, but Krug was the baby of the family with just three games of NHL experience.
No matter. All three youngsters have performed impressively, and Krug has three points in his three playoff games.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports that the rookies' fine play will keep them in the lineup for Game 4, allowing the injured veterans a little more time to heal.