BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins are slumping, but the team is confident they can get out of this mid-season malaise quickly.
Rookie defenseman Torey Krug joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak for his weekly chat on Wednesday, and points to Boston’s poor play on special teams as the reason for their recent skid.
“As the season drags on you go through some of these lows. Right now our penalty kill is struggling, and our power play hasn’t been scoring goals. You have to rely on your special teams to win hockey games, and right now that’s what has been losing us hockey games,” said Krug.
The Bruins are just 3-5 in their last eight games, and just 1-for-23 on the man advantage. They’ve also allowed 10 power play goals in that span on 29 chances.
But Krug is confident the Bruins will bounce back with all the veteran leadership in the Boston dressing room.
“There’s no chaos and no one is freaking out, but there is a sense of urgency,” he said. “We do have to step up our game and be better. We each have jobs to do and if we’re not pulling our load we’re not going to win hockey games.”
Early in the season, Krug was a big part of the success Boston was having on the power play. But he admits to pressing a little harder now given the team’s recent struggles.
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“Any time you’re losing hockey games and you’re not contributing, there is some added pressure. You do think about it and squeeze the stick a little harder,” he said. “But it’s part of being a professional athlete that I’m learning here in my first year; that I have to stay even-keeled. You don’t want to get too high or too low, so while we struggle I just have to keep my head up and try to stay consistent.”
Krug also touched on Boston’s recent West Coast road trip, and their upcoming Stanley Cup rematch against the Chicago Blackhawks: