Bruins defenseman Torey Krug decided to play closer on a weekend sweep for the Black and Gold, as he came through with the game-winning overtime strike in a 2-1 final over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
“He’s a scorer,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Krug, whose weekend against the Maple Leafs and Senators included two goals (and five points in all) in two games, after the win. “I kind of had a chat with him a little bit, ‘I want you to shoot for sticks, I want you to be smart up top, not get shots blocked. But at the same time, when you have a chance to finish, finish.'”
The goal was really created by the Bruins’ best, too, with David Krejci and Brad Marchand also having a hand in the goal. From Marchand’s offensive-zone whirling to David Krejci’s tremendous saucer pass to find Krug all alone to Mike McKenna’s left.
“It’s his specialty,” Krug said of his feed from Krejci. “He sees things that other guys can’t see.”
Although it may sound weird considering the Bruins outshot the Senators 17-to-5 over the final 23:07 of the game, the win would not have been possible without the third period and overtime play of Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. Particularly when it came to a two-on-one sequence between the Sens’ Chris Tierney and Mark Stone that ended with a stellar glove save.
Rask stops Stone on a shorthanded bid. pic.twitter.com/Tp5DucmDgb— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) December 10, 2018
Finishing his night with stops on 27-of-28 shots thrown his way, Rask is now 7-6-2 on the year with a .917 save percentage.
One night after suffering a brutal cheapshot from the Leafs’ Zach Hyman, B’s defenseman Charlie McAvoy was well enough to play a solid 21:16 of action on Sunday, with three hits and three blocked shots to his name.
The Bruins return home for a Tuesday night meeting with the Arizona Coyotes.