Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was just happy he got his hair cut as he reflected on delivering a helmet-less hit Monday that proved key to Boston’s Game 1 victory over the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Bruins made a sloppy start to Monday’s opening game at TD Garden and had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to prevail 4-2.
Boston already was ahead, 3-2, in the third period when Krug, having tangled with the Blues’ David Perron, flew down the ice without his helmet and met St. Louis rookie Robert Thomas with a crushing hit that delighted the home crowd.
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From there Boston eased to victory.
“I’m just glad I got a haircut a few days ago,” Krug told reporters, apparently intent on avoiding a bad hair day.
“First and foremost you want to take care of your head, make sure you don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position. I’m sure my coach and my GM were hoping I’d just get off the ice at that point, but that’s hockey.”
Asked what his loved ones would have thought of such a risky move, Krug replied: “My wife … she’s really pregnant right now, so she’s probably just worried about that.
“It’s part of the game, momentum swings, gives your team a boost of energy. I don’t know what they were feeling on their bench, but if it pushes them back and catches them off-guard then great for our team.
“That’s all you’re trying to do out there is make little plays throughout the game that pushes your team in the right direction and that was one of them.”