The uphill climb for the Bruins of their second-round playoff series towards the Tampa Bay Lightning simply bought somewhat more durable with the information that defenseman Torey Krug‘s series is over. Krug was knocked out of Friday night time’s Game Four in the third interval when he was pushed from behind into the nook boards by Tampa ahead Alex Killorn and was noticed leaving TD Garden postgame outfitted in a walking boot and crutches.
The Bruins D-man was initially simply dominated out of Sunday’s Game 5 when Bruce Cassidy spoke with reporters on Saturday afternoon, however the Bruins later launched a press release from B’s crew physician Peter Asnis that erased any possibilities of him enjoying over the subsequent three attainable video games towards Tampa Bay ought to Boston win out. Krug suffered a left ankle injury that really regarded fairly nasty when watching the replays of his feet-first tumble into the boards, and the Bruins medical workers will want the few days to find out the severity of the injury.
“Torey Krug injured his left ankle during Game 4 of the second round playoff series on Friday, May 4,” stated Asnis in the assertion. “He will not be available for the remainder of this series as he undergoes additional testing to determine the full extent of the injury. Further information will be made available after all testing is complete.”
Even if the Bruins have been to by some means come again from down Three-1 in the series, the chances are high that Krug is done for the postseason with a considerable ankle injury and that the B’s are going to want to make up for his absence. That’s a tall order provided that Krug is their finest offensive D-man and the high scorer (three targets and 12 factors in 11 video games) from the again finish on this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs, and that he performs a key position working the level on Boston’s lethal high power-play unit.
During this series particularly, the Bruins PP is vital to the success they will have towards the Lightning, and shedding one of their large PP cogs may actually foul up the particular groups chemistry they’ve constructed over the previous couple of months.
The Bruins will insert Nick Holden into the lineup as a viable substitute given his offensive PP expertise and his capability as a top-Four D-man with the Rangers and Wild over the final handful of years, nevertheless it’s clear that the Bruins are going to overlook Krug’s explosive offense, and the large minutes he can take up, in an enormous, large method.