BOSTON (CBS) – Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug was the spark that lit the fire in Thursday night’s pivotal Game 4, and he joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak show Friday afternoon to talk about the epic comeback and what lies ahead for the hometown team.
Down 2-0 in the second period, the Joe Louis Arena started to deflate when Krug put one home on the power play.
“It was a perfect faceoff off of [Patrice] Bergeron and I was able to get a shot off. It actually tipped one of their guy’s sticks and it made its way to the back of the net. It was nice to get that going and it started us off right for our team in the second period.”
Krug’s goal that cut the 2-0 deficit in half was his first of the series, in a postseason in which nine different Bruins have scored goals, which speaks to the depth of this team.
“That’s what makes our team special is you get beyond the front tier of our team and there’s guys that are gonna make you pay in the second tier. It’s important to have those guys. That’s how the playoffs work. It’s not necessarily your best guys that win you hockey games, it’s gonna be the guys in the back end in the third, fourth line; that’s important for playoff hockey. Different guys are stepping up each night. It’s important that everybody chips in.”
After heading into the locker room in the first intermission down 2-0, Krug told Gresh & Zo he sensed the desperation of the Red Wings, who were playing with excitement and flying around in front of the home crowd with their captain Henrik Zetterberg back.
Despite the deficit, there was no nervousness among his teammates.
“We were down 2-0 and there was absolutely no panic in our locker room. It was pretty neat to see the veteran leadership step up and we knew what was important going into that second period. We came out there, got that next goal and it was just rolling from there. No one was freaking out in the locker room. Everyone kind of understood what was going on. It was amazing to see the composure we have,” said Krug.
Up three games to one, the Bruins are hoping to avoid an epic slump a la Toronto in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Krug wasn’t there for that series, he was called up at a later date, but he understands the importance of closing the door on Detroit Saturday at the TD Garden.
“Going into our home building with a chance to clinch it’s important to make sure we get a handle on things emotionally because they’re gonna come out flying. … We know what’s important. We know that there’s an opportunity to end this thing and make sure that we don’t have to go back to Detroit. Hopefully we make the best of it.
“There’s a lot of momentum shifts within a series and we want to make sure we keep that momentum on our side,” Krug said in closing.
Listen below for the full interview: