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Bruins notebook: Torey Krug may face league discipline for hit

December 13, 2016

MONTREAL — The Bruins scored a good victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night, but they’re hoping they don’t lose Torey Krug for any period of time.

Krug had a questionable hit on Andrew Shaw in the first period and could be hearing from the Department of Player Safety.

There were some extenuating circumstances. Both players were going for a loose puck in the neutral zone and Shaw was leaning forward, leaving his head exposed. Krug’s shoulder definitely made contact with Shaw’s head. The Montreal agitator left the game but returned in the second period. Krug was not penalized and believes he’s innocent of any wrong-doing.

“I haven’t seen it,” he said. “Personally, I just grabbed the puck and thought he was going to hit me, so I lowered my shoulder. I haven’t seen it but, like I said, I was going for the puck and assumed Andrew Shaw was going to hit me and that was it. I saw him, I knew who it was and I just assumed he was going to play the body because he’s a physical player. I lowered my shoulder and I don’t know what happened.”

Said B’s coach Claude Julien: “I looked at it on TV. It was a good hit.”

The Canadiens didn’t like it, with Montreal coach Michel Therrien feeling Shaw was in a vulnerable position. Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher later in the period challenged Krug to a fight. Gallagher scored a quick take-down when Krug lost his balance.

“I figured it was coming. It’s one of those things that’s lost in this league, right?” said Krug. “You hit a guy and you expect someone will come challenge you. I feel like these days guys are scurrying away. I kind of knew it was coming, and it is what it is.”

Krug tried to get back at Gallagher but the official wouldn’t let him.

“He was mad that I fell so quickly,” said Krug. “Look, I obviously wasn’t scared to fight you. I’m not going to go down quick because I’m scared. I dropped my gloves and squared up with you. He was just upset that it didn’t last longer and I guess I am, too.

“But I don’t do it too much, so I guess I’m not too good at holding myself up there for so long.”

Gallagher said he was just doing what was expected of him.

“It’s one of those things, regardless of whether it was clean or not,” he said. “I only saw it once, so I’m not going to comment on that, but any time you see a teammate get up with blood on his face, (Shaw) is the type of guy that would have done that for anyone else in this locker room.”

Right of way

The combination of center Patrice Bergeron and left winger Brad Marchand has been a constant since midway through the Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season, but it has been a revolving door at right wing.

Mark Recchi passed the torch to Tyler Seguin, who was traded to Dallas that brought his successor, Reilly Smith. Smith, too, was traded, and last year the right-wing duties were split between Brett Connolly and deadline acquisition Lee Stempniak.

David Pastrnak’s time on the line this year has been a rousing success, so much so that Julien felt he had to spread the wealth with the team’s lack of balanced scoring. He put Pastrnak with fellow Czech David Krejci while moving David Backes to the Bergeron-Marchand combination.

The physical Backes, who is a nasty net-front presence, could not be more different from the dynamic, speedy Pastrnak.

“It’s about playing the game and finding some chemistry, any time you have a new linemate,” said Bergeron before the game. “I think David plays a similar game to mine and we’re going to try and complement our game, go hard on the forecheck. Play a simple game, if you want to put it that way, and go from there.”

Hard hitter

Backes was called for a high-sticking penalty, but also led the B’s with seven hits. Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller each had four. .?.?.

With their 5-for-5 night on the penalty kill, the B’s have killed off 17 straight over their last six games.

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