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BOSTON (CBS) — At the beginning of last week, Torey Krug was a relative unknown, with just three total games of NHL experience to his name. After the Bruins’ series-clinching win on Saturday night, the kid’s just about become a household name.
Krug scored the game-tying goal on a power play in the second period, a one-time blast that beat all-world netminder Henrik Lundqvist high to the blocker side. It was his fourth goal in just five playoff games, more goals than any of his teammates in the series against the Rangers.
And when you get the goals, you get a nickname.
“Those kids have stepped in, especially Freddy,” Shawn Thornton said of Krug, an allusion to ever-famous villain Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare On Elm Street series.
The nickname might be most appropriate with the way opponents view Krug, as if that type of play continues, he’ll be sure to inspire nightmares for many years to come.
He certainly caught John Tortorella’s attention, though the Rangers head coach did have to ask for clarification on how to pronounce the kid’s name after Game 5.
“It’s funny how it works, huh? You get worried about this, that, the other thing … and especially the kid there, how do you … Krug?” Tortorella asked the media. “That was another difference in our series, getting offense from the back end, and he led the way. It’s funny how it works.”
Funny? Maybe. But with a devastating slap shot and four goals in five games against arguably the best goaltender in the world, chances are most folks will learn pretty quickly how to properly pronounce his name.
And if not, they can just call him Freddy.