WILMINGTON — When defenseman Torey Krug scored in overtime Monday night to lift the Bruins past the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden, it moved the 22-year-old into second place on the rookie scoring list with 15 points in 24 games.
Krug, who burst onto the scene for the Bruins during the playoffs last season, has shown as much poise as skill through the first quarter of the season.
“He’s really good, a key player when it comes to the situations you saw [Monday],’’ coach Claude Julien said after practice at Ristuccia Arena before the team boarded a flight to Detroit. “The more space he has, the better it is for him as well. Four on four certainly benefited him but he does have good composure.
“I think we all see the odd mistakes he makes sometimes with turning pucks over but it’s a risk-reward kind of thing once in awhile. He’s been a lot more efficient than he’s been a liability. He’s off to a really good season so far and if we can kind of correct those few little lapses here and there, he’ll be an outstanding player.’’
Teammate Milan Lucic said he’s been impressed by Krug’s development.
“He’s got a great shot and he’s got a knack of scoring when he’s in those areas and he knows how to put it away,’’ said Lucic. “A big part of that is knowing how to position yourself to create those scoring chances and I think that’s what he’s done so well throughout the year so far. He’s up in the play, he’s in those areas where we can find him as forwards and he’s got that knack for finishing off a scoring play.’’ It’s great to see him have that type of confidence and great to see him step up and score some big goals.’’
Making the trip
Injured defensemen Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg made the trip for Wednesday’s game against the Red Wings. Julien said they will participate in the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. A decision on their status will be made after the skate. It appears McQuaid is the closest to a return but Julien wouldn’t commit.
“I think McQuaid is obviously inching a little closer but that doesn’t mean the other guy won’t be ready either,’’ said the coach. “I think [Seidenberg] felt really good today so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.’’
McQuaid has missed eight games because of a leg injury.
“I’m feeling good,’’ he said. “Every day it’s been better than the previous and I feel pretty good right now. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be in the equation for the game.’’ I’m hoping that’s where we’re at now
Seidenberg, who has missed three games because of a lower-body injury, most likely will sit out but he is making progress.
“I skated [Monday] for the first time,’’ and it was a little shorter, a little cautious,’’ said Seidenberg, who worked out on the ice with strength coach John Whitesides before joining his teammates for part of the morning skate. “I felt OK. Then today, I went back out again and I felt some improvements. I still have to be careful when I’m out there but it’s good to see that it’s getting better and hopefully soon I get to play again.’’
Julien is a big fan of the landmark NHL multibillion-dollar television agreement with Rogers Communications. “Every once in a while you’ve got to be a proud Canadian, right?’’ said Julien, with a wide smile. “I love it here but I’m still a Canadian. I think it’s great for the game. We took a beating there a few years ago with all these lockouts but our game is growing and I think there are people seeing it grow and decide to get involved a little bit more so I think it’s going to be benefit everybody. When you look at our game as a whole right now, it’s pretty entertaining.’’