After a long goalless stretch to start the season, Bruins' Torey Krug is starting to ramp up scoring

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BOSTON – Torey Krug is stepping up his goal-scoring offense for the Bruins lately, and it isn’t by accident.

Krug has customarily been a double-digit goal-scoring threat throughout his productive career, but the goals were slow to come this season as he was sidelined for the first portion of the year after a foot injury late in the preseason. He went the first 17 games of the season without a single goal.

But now Krug has struck for three goals in the last six games for a Bruins team looking for all the offense it can muster while still missing some bodies from the lineup. It’s been a welcomed addition to the B’s offensive attack, which has a whole different dimension when Krug adds his dangerous shot from the point.

“We need secondary scoring even when the top guys are going. That’s how the best teams function,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who is now on a more normal season pace of 9 goals and 59 points after his recent goal-scoring outburst. “So for us we’ve needed it. We’ve tried to build [Krug shooting for tips] into the offense with mixed results, so it’s just a matter of picking the right time when to shoot, and the right time when to shoot for a stick.

“He’s obviously started to shoot a little more for goals, and even on the power play he’s starting to try to score a little bit more when he gets to the top of the circles. Good for him. He’s an active guy on the PP and ends up on the half-wall a lot in a passing position, so sometimes maybe we need to remind him ‘Hey, power play as a passer and 5-on-5 let’s see if we can generate some [offense] getting it on net.’ He’s a capable scorer and that’s the message.”

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The flurry of lamp-lighters also changes Krug’s game where he gets more aggressive with putting his long range bombs directly on net rather than shooting for sticks in front, or to create rebounds for the forwards grinding in front of the net. The offensive D-man is good enough to beat the goalie on his own with his point, and that’s begun to happen a little bit.

“I don’t like to think about it too much because I’m still producing in other ways, but it’s good for your confidence,” said Krug, who has traditionally been a player that’s grown better as the season has worn on. “It changes my shooting mentality a little bit. When pucks aren’t falling for me, I tend to shoot a little bit more for tips and rebounds and not exactly shooting to score. So it definitely changes my mentality.

“In the Toronto game there were times I was shooting for sticks when I probably should have been funneling it to the net to hopefully get a rebound. You definitely get into that mode, for sure. When you’re playing with guys that have the hot hand, it’s also easier to just give them the puck and let them go to work. With Pasta scoring all those goals, it’s easy to bypass a slap shot and get the puck over into his hands to make something happen.”

Clearly Krug isn’t the kind of goal-scorer that’s going to carry the Bruins for two or three weeks like Brad Marchand or David Pastrnak could up front. But he’s also one of the best offensive talents on the B’s and somebody they need to produce offense if the B's are going to be as good as they can moving forward.

That’s started happening for Krug in greater amounts, and it’s probably no coincidence that the offense has begun scoring goals at a higher clip as a result of it. 

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