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One of the surprise stars of the playoffs has been Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug, who has been one of the best players on the ice in the conference semifinals.
The 22-year-old blueliner has three goals in four games against the Rangers, including the game-tying goal in the third period of the Bruins' overtime victory in the series opener. With his goal in Game 2, Krug became the fourth Bruins player in team history to score in his first two playoff games.
"I’m 5’9’’, I’m not very big, I have to play with the puck to be an impact player," said Krug after Boston's Game 2 victory.
"So, for me you’ve got to be confident with the puck. If I’m not making plays, I’m not going to be effective and guys are going to go out there and they’re just going to find a 6’2" guy that can do the same thing without the puck. So, you just got to be confident and play with the puck."
Transitioning from the AHL to the NHL is not easy for a young defenseman, especially for one who lacks size. Making this move during the playoffs make the challenge that much more difficult.
Krug has done a tremendous job at both ends of the ice for the Bruins, while also playing a role on special teams. He's gone from a rookie simply plugged in due to injuries, to an important part of Boston's defensive success and improvement on the power play.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Nick was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs, and he is also a credentialed writer at the 2013 NHL playoffs in Boston. All quotes obtained firsthand.