BOSTON (CBS) – In addition to Monday night being a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals, the chatter heading into Boston’s meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins was about Torey Krug’s chances of making the U.S. Olympic team.
Pittsburgh head coach Dan Byslma, who will man the bench for Team USA in February, said Monday morning that Krug was on his radar and he may have to extend an invite to the 22-year-old blue-liner after a hot start to the season.
Though it remains a long shot, Krug helped his odds of getting that invite to Sochi with Byslma looking on, as he put home the overtime winner to lift Boston to a 4-3 win at the TD Garden.
Just 34 seconds into the extra frame, Krug took a cross-ice pass from Brad Marchand and delivered a rocket from the left face-off dot over the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury. It was Krug’s first NHL overtime winner and seventh goal of the season — tying him for the NHL lead among defensemen.
“I had a good chance early on, and then we got the puck again up near the blue line and, you know, just great composure. When you’re at the blue line, it’s a risky area, so you’ve got to make sure you take care of the puck, and we did that,” Krug said. “Marchy made an unbelievable pass through two guys, and one guy was cheating so it was good – good play by them.”
Dave Goucher’s Call Of Krug’s Game-Winner: