Every fairy tale needs adversity to spice things up, and rookie defenseman Torey Krug finally ran into trouble during the Bruins’ 4-3 triple-overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Krug’s giveaway during a line change led to Andrew Shaw setting up Dave Bolland’s goal that cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-2 in the third period. Krug didn’t get off the bench again in the third period and only rejoined the B’s active skaters again once the OT sessions commenced.
The Bruins had won eight of their previous nine games with Krug in the lineup and contributing with offensive production plus nearly flawless defensive work. Faced with his first dose of misfortune since he was promoted to the NHL, Krug responded by pursuing redemption rather than letting his troubling play change him.

“Well I didn’t have a shift in the third period after that turnover, which is understandable. But at the same time, I’m a guy that I like to forget my mistakes,” Krug said yesterday on the Bruins’ first of two days off before Game 2 tomorrow (8 p.m.). “It happens a lot and just not everyone ends up in the back of your net. So for me, it was good to get back out there in overtime and I thought I had a pretty solid overtime taking care of the puck and doing those little things, blocking shots. I thought it was a decent comeback there.”
Krug fired one shot on net in each of the first two overtimes. He also skated for 17 overtime shifts after he finished regulation with 15 shifts. That’s a sign that although Bruins coach Claude Julien could punish Krug and maybe remove the blueliner from the lineup for Game 2, the more likely scenario will be Krug again playing regularly on his pair with Adam McQuaid and on the power play.
“Well, when you look at games, there are a lot of mistakes that are made. Some end up in goals, some you’re able to recover from,” Julien said. “Certainly, we shouldn’t look and judge this player on one game where he might have been average instead of real good, like he has been. Those are part of a player getting better.