With two blowout losses on outdoor resume, Torey Krug looking for different result


BOSTON -- Torey Krug has loved playing hockey outdoors since he was a puck-loving kid growing up in Michigan, so the puck-moving defenseman loves the idea of the Winter Classic.

He’d just like to actually, you know, win one of them, after his teams have been drubbed in both of the outdoor hockey games that he’s played in his distinguished hockey career.

The first was “The Big Chill” in 2010 where his Michigan State Spartans got smoked by the Michigan Wolverines to the tune of a 5-0 loss in front of 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium. The second was an equally disappointing 2016 loss to the Montreal Canadiens when the Bruins hosted the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. The Black and Gold got smoked in that game too, falling 5-1 to the Habs, so Krug’s teams have been outscored by an aggregate 10-1 score in the two outdoor games he’s played over his collegiate and pro hockey career.

Needless to say, Krug is looking for a bit of a different result this time around as the Bruins travel to Notre Dame to take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the Fighting Irish’s iconic football stadium.

“I’ve said this a couple of times, I’m 0-2 in outdoor games and the combined score I’ve lost 10-1, so maybe [the Bruins] should think about scratching me,” said a smiling Krug, who has kicked up his offense in December with four goals and 11 points in 13 games this month. “But I’ve had a lot of fun in both of those games regardless of the score.

“It’s probably the same quote you’re going to get from everyone. It brings me back to the days of skating on the lakes in Michigan and being outdoors. There’s something about playing outdoors with the brisk wind hitting you in the face and your eyes watering because of the cold air. It’s a lot of fun.”

Certainly Krug will have fun no matter what the result is on Tuesday afternoon in South Bend, but there’s no doubt he’s looking to leave the outdoor rink victorious this time around after bitter defeats in each of his first two big time outdoor hockey experiences.  

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