The Bruins’ blue line looked much greener than usual Thursday night.
After being struck by injury late in last week’s first-round series, Boston started three rookie defensemen — Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug — for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers.
It was the first time since 1985 that the B’s played three first-year blueliners in a playoff game, but the young guns held their own. Hamilton and Krug both found their way onto the scoresheet, with Hamilton logging an assist and Krug beating Henrik Lundqvist for his first NHL goal as the Bruins claimed a 3-2 overtime win.
Captain Zdeno Chara spoke about the performance of his fellow defensemen after the game. Check out what he had to say in the video above.