Maybe you’re sick of hearing about Torey Krug’s monster hit on St. Louis Blues winger Robert Thomas, or maybe you’re not.
But you should be sick of NHL reporters calling for Krug’s head after thinking the hit, which came in the third period of the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup Final Game 1 victory, should’ve been called for charging. As you can see in the video below, this was just a solid hockey hit, albeit one executed with some undeniable theatrics:
Krug gets tangled up with David Perron in front of Tuukka Rask, manages to skate down the ice after losing his helmet and glide into a hard-hitting collision with Thomas, who clearly wasn’t expecting it. Sure, the officials could’ve called a penalty on the play, but they also elected to swallow the whistle on Perron’s mugging. This is playoff hockey — let the players play.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, in particular, was astonished that Krug wasn’t called for charging.
Buffalo Sabres columnist Mike Harrington also thought Krug should’ve been called for charging, noting that No. 47 must have been pretty “PO’d” after being tangled up with Perron.
Believe us when we say that this is just a taste of the grouchy Twitter reactions.
At the end of the day, Krug’s hit was representative of the hard-hitting, entertaining brand of hockey that Boston displayed in the final two periods Monday night. The fact that it occurred with the blueliner’s helmet on the ice? An added bonus, for sure.
The Bruins and Blues will meed Wednesday night for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.