BOSTON -- After Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug was thrown into the lineup because of injuries to three veteran blueliners, he lit into the New York Rangers with four goals and five points in his team's five-game triumph in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
From there, the first-year pro could have become a flash in the pan.
With three games of NHL experience, all in the regular season, prior to joining the Bruins lineup for Game 1 against the Rangers, the 22-year-old was an unknown quantity. Surely against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, the book on him would be common knowledge and he might have to change his game or become overwhelmed by the magnitude of his situation.
Well, with the Bruins building the 2-0 series lead they'll carry into Game 3 Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden, Krug has been every bit as impactful for the Bruins against the Penguins as he was against the Rangers.
He assisted on one of Boston's six goals in Game 2 Saturday with a shot through traffic that led to Nathan Horton cashing in on the rebound. Krug created several other chances and continued to be a key puck-carrier for the Bruins when beating the Penguins' forecheck.
"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 morning skate Wednesday. "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."